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Chain Lightning (1950)

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Matt Brennan runs into Jo Holloway, the Red Cross girl he romanced in Europe when he was a flyer in World War II, when he is offered a job by jet manufacturer Leland Willis as a test pilot.... See full summary »

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Stuart Heisler

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Lester Cole (story "These Many Years"), Liam O'Brien (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Lt. Col. Matthew "Matt" Brennan
Eleanor Parker ... Joan "Jo" Holloway
Raymond Massey ... Leland Willis
Richard Whorf ... Carl Troxell
James Brown ... Maj. Hinkle
Roy Roberts ... Maj. Gen. Hewitt
Morris Ankrum ... Ed Bostwick
Fay Baker ... Mrs. Willis
Fred Sherman Fred Sherman ... Jeb Farley
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Storyline

Matt Brennan runs into Jo Holloway, the Red Cross girl he romanced in Europe when he was a flyer in World War II, when he is offered a job by jet manufacturer Leland Willis as a test pilot. Carl Troxell, wants to sell an escape cockpit to the Air Force. He wants Matt to stall the presentation of JA-3 the prototype that doesn't include the ejection seat, to give him more time for the experimental JA-4. But Matt doesn't believe it is yet safe enough to try. Written by vlady@worldnet.att.net

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WITH THAT SPECIAL BRAND OF BOGART ROMANCE (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1950 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Des Teufels Pilot See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed May-July 1949, but not released until 1950. See more »

Goofs

A shortest-distance flight from Nome, Alaska, to Washington, DC, would not go over the North Pole. It would pass over the Yukon and Northwest Territories of Canada, as well as the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. Furthermore, such a flight would pass a considerable distance from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A major plot point in the picture involves the JA-3's flying over the Pole, and Harrisburg is mentioned twice during the flight as being in the path. See more »

Quotes

[Matt Brennan is doing test trials in the air]
Leland Willis: Brennan, do you hear? Bring that plane down or you'll never fly again.
Lt. Col. Matthew "Matt" Brennan: How do you want it Willis, the easy way or the hard way?
Leland Willis: I don't want any more tests. Understand Brennan? No more tests.
Lt. Col. Matthew "Matt" Brennan: OK Willis, the hard way.
[Matt pulls the microphone plug out and puts the jet into a climb]
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Featured in The F.B.I.: The Architect (1970) See more »

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Pretty Baby
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne and Tony Jackson
Played when Brennan pats the picture of the girl on the plane
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"The show's over. All that matters now is your Social Security number and never mind the clusters on your air medals."
11 August 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

After World War II is over, bomber pilot Humphrey Bogart becomes a test pilot who flies the jet planes Raymond Massey's company builds. There's also a bland romance with Eleanor Parker. It's Bogart's first movie released in the 1950s, a decade he sadly would not survive. Bogie does fine but, truth be told, he's too old for the part. Richard Whorf plays his romantic rival. You'll forget him as soon as the movie ends. Eleanor Parker does what she can with her part as "the prize." Raymond Massey is solid as always. James Brown is the clichéd country bumpkin pilot. The plane stuff is interesting, even exciting in spots, but the story is so dull and put together in as workmanlike a manner as possible. When you chip away the advanced technology, you're basically left with one of those 1930s movies about the perils of flight. Only those were usually more fun than this. Not something I'd recommend unless you're an aviation buff or a Bogart completist.


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