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Director  Sidney Salkow
Music director  Werner R. Heymann
Country  United States
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Produced by  B. P. Schulberg
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Language  English
Flight Lieutenant (film) movie poster
Cast  Pat O'Brien (Samuel J. 'Sam' Doyle), Glenn Ford (Danny Doyle), Evelyn Keyes (Susie Thompson), Jonathan Hale (Joseph Sanford)
Release date  June 29, 1942 (1942-06-29)
Writer  Michael Blankfort, Richard Carroll (story), Betty Hopkins (story)
Similar movies  Related Sidney Salkow movies
Tagline  Flying 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.

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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.

Plot

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.

Cast

  • Pat O'Brien as Sam Doyle
  • Glenn Ford as Danny
  • Evelyn Keyes as Susie
  • References

    Flight Lieutenant (film) Wikipedia
    Flight Lieutenant (film) IMDb Flight Lieutenant (film) themoviedb.org


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