Flight Command

Overview

MGM had a tendency to overglamorize the sort of rough-hewn film fare that Warner Bros. offered to its public without adornments. Such was the case of Flight Command. Instead of Warners' streetwise James Cagney, the MGM film stars pretty-boy Robert Taylor as the obligatory hotshot cadet who chafes at the authority and discipline of a naval flight squadron. While Warners might have done without a romantic subplot, MGM contrives to have Taylor fall for the wife Ruth Hussey of squad commander Walter Pidgeon. And ...
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Overview

MGM had a tendency to overglamorize the sort of rough-hewn film fare that Warner Bros. offered to its public without adornments. Such was the case of Flight Command. Instead of Warners' streetwise James Cagney, the MGM film stars pretty-boy Robert Taylor as the obligatory hotshot cadet who chafes at the authority and discipline of a naval flight squadron. While Warners might have done without a romantic subplot, MGM contrives to have Taylor fall for the wife Ruth Hussey of squad commander Walter Pidgeon. And whereas Warners would have told this story compactly in 90 minutes, MGM lolls around for nearly two hours before Taylor's anticipated redemption and "make good" scene. MGM newcomer Red Skelton shows up in Flight Command for comedy relief, which turns out to be neither.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2011
  • UPC: 883316290507
  • Original Release: 1940
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 31,100

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Taylor Ensign Alan Drake
Ruth Hussey Lorna Gary, Lorna Gray
Walter Pidgeon Squadron Cmdr. Bill Gary
Paul Kelly Lt. Cmdr. "Dusty" Rhodes
Shepperd Strudwick Lt. Jerry Banning
Red Skelton Lt. "Mugger" Martin
Nat Pendleton C.P.O. "Spike" Knowless
Dick Purcell Lt. "Stitchy" Payne
William Tannen Lt. Freddy Townsend
William Stelling Lt. Bush
Stanley Smith Lt. Frost
Addison Richards Vice-Admiral
Donald Douglas First Duty Officer
Pat Flaherty Second Duty Officer
Forbes Murray Captain
Marsha Hunt Claire
Lee Tung Foo Jung
Reed Hadley Admiral's Aide
John Hamilton Pensacola Commander
Jack Luden Hell Cat
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Enlisted Man
John Raitt Cadet
Dick Wessel Big Sailor
Technical Credits
Frank Borzage Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Lt. Cm U.S.N. Haislip Harvey Screenwriter
Robert J. Kern Editor
Lt.Cmd J.V. McElduff Songwriter
Wells Root Screenwriter
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
J. Walter Ruben Producer
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
John Sutherland Original Story
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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