GenreDrama Produced byB. P. Schulberg Duration LanguageEnglish
CastPat O'Brien (Samuel J. 'Sam' Doyle), Glenn Ford (Danny Doyle), Evelyn Keyes (Susie Thompson), Jonathan Hale (Joseph Sanford) Release dateJune 29, 1942 (1942-06-29) WriterMichael Blankfort, Richard Carroll (story), Betty Hopkins (story) Similar moviesRelated Sidney Salkow movies
TaglineFlying like angels! Fighting like demons! Loving like men!
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Flight Lieutenant is a 1942 film starring Pat O'Brien as Sam Doyle, a disgraced commercial pilot who works to regain the respect of his son (Glenn Ford) against the backdrop of World War II. Its advertising slogan was "roaring with thrills, throbbing with romance" with the love interest provided by Evelyn Keyes as Susie Thompson.
It was directed by Sidney Salkow, a Harvard Law School grad who had himself served in the Pacific and been shot down. A review in the New York Times considered that the film was a "dreary father-and-son tale" with much mawkish sentimentality.
World War I combat pilot Sam Doyle has developed a drinking problem. In 1932, he causes the death of his co-pilot and has his license revoked. A single parent, he leaves young Danny behind with a guardian and goes off to South America to find gainful employment. He leaves money to the dead co-pilot's widow and daughter, but the dead man's brother, Thompson, wants revenge.
Danny grows up to be an expert pilot. Thompson, now a major, becomes his superior officer. Neither has any knowledge of their shared history, even after Danny falls in love with Thompson's niece, Susie, and proposes marriage. Doyle returns, re-enlists and learns Danny is scheduled to test a new jet that has a design flaw. Doyle changes places with Danny at the last minute, flies and crashes the plane, saving future lives while sacrificing his own.