Jet Pilot

Jet Pilot

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Director: Josef von Sternberg

Cast: John Wayne, Janet Leigh, Jay C. Flippen

     
 

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If Jet Pilot seems hopelessly out of date today, imagine how filmgoers in 1957 reacted when this relic from 1949 was taken off the shelf. Many, many years in the making due to the maniacal tinkering by producer Howard Hughes (who reportedly lost $4 million on it - a massive sum back then), the film was deemed unreleasable upon completion; only whenSee more details below

Overview

If Jet Pilot seems hopelessly out of date today, imagine how filmgoers in 1957 reacted when this relic from 1949 was taken off the shelf. Many, many years in the making due to the maniacal tinkering by producer Howard Hughes (who reportedly lost $4 million on it - a massive sum back then), the film was deemed unreleasable upon completion; only when Universal-International took over distribution of a handful of RKO Radio productions did it finally see the light of day. John Wayne stars as an air force colonel stationed in an Alaskan outpost only 40 miles or so from the Soviet Union. Wayne is put in charge of Russian jet pilot Janet Leigh, who claims that she wants to defect. Actually, Leigh is a Communist spy, but thanks to Wayne's affectionate attentions she is won over to the side of Democracy. Thus it is that Leigh rescues the Duke when he is kidnapped and nearly brainwashed by her Commie comrades. Jet Pilot was eventually bought back from U-I by Hughes for his personal collection; not only did he buy into the propagandistic plotline, but he was also enthralled by the aerial scenes, some of which were staged by legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager. The 1949 production date for a number of sequences explains not only why so many of the actors look young for 1957, but the existence of several supporting cast members who had died in the interim (such as Jack Overman and Richard Rober).

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2000
UPC:
0096898060332
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Col. Shannon
Janet Leigh Anna
Jay C. Flippen Maj.Gen.Black
Paul Fix Maj. Rexford
Richard Rober George Rivers
Roland Winters Col. Sokolov
Hans Conried Col. Matoff
Ivan Triesault Gen. Langrad
John Bishop Major Lester Sinclair
Perdita Chandler Georgia Rexford
Joyce Compton Mrs. Simpson
Denver Pyle Mr. Simpson
Dorothy Abbott Actor
Phil Arnold Bellboy
Louis Austin Saleswoman
Gregg Barton Actor
Tom Daly Hotel Clerk
Alan Dinehart Fresh Kid
Jane Easton Actor
Bill Erwin Sergeant-GAC
Gene Evans Airfield Sergeant
Elizabeth Flournoy WAF Captain
Paul H. Frees Lt. Tiompkin
Vince Gironda Muscle Man
Don Haggerty Actor
Mike Lally Actor
Harry Lauter Sergeants
Ruth Lee Mother
Nelson Leigh FBI Man
Sylvia Lewis WAC Corporal
Herbert Lytton Actor
Michael Mark Russian General
Allen Matthews Headwaiter
Keith McConnell Bartender
John Morgan Lieutenant
Al Murphy Actor
Wendell Niles Major
Richard Norris Actor
Jack Overman Sergeant
Theodore Rand Actor
Joey Ray Waiter
Gene Roth Sokolov's Batman
Jack Shea MP
Ruthelma Stevens Actor
Armand Tanny Muscle Man
Kenneth Tobey Actor
Mamie Van Doren WAF
Smoki Whitfield Henry
Joan Whitney WAC Sergeant
Bill Yeager Captain
Carleton Young Actor
Jimmie Dime Actor
Barbara Freking WAFs

Technical Credits
Josef von Sternberg Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Jules Furthman Producer,Screenwriter
Philip G. Gochran Special Effects
Field M. Gray Art Director
Winton Hoch Cinematographer,Special Effects
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Harry Marker Editor
Michael R. McAdam Editor
Harley Miller Set Decoration/Design
William M. Moore Editor
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
James Wilkinson Editor
Michael Woulfe Costumes/Costume Designer

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