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20,000 Men a Year (1939)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 27 October 1939 (USA)
Pilot disobeys unsafe orders and loses his job. He then starts a flying school which receives a boost when the government launches a program which it hopes will produce 20,000 pilots a year.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Frank Wead (story), Lou Breslow (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randolph Scott ... Brad Reynolds
Preston Foster ... Jim Howell
Margaret Lindsay ... Ann Rogers
Mary Healy ... Joan Marshall
Robert Shaw ... Tommy Howell
George Ernest ... Skip Rogers
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Allen
Kane Richmond ... Al Williams
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Walt Dorgan (as Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom)
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... Crandall
Victor Sen Yung ... Harold Chong
Paul Stanton ... Gerald Grant
Tom Seidel ... Wally Richards
Edward Gargan ... Dunk
Harry Tyler ... Joe Hungerford
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Storyline

Jim Howell, a Civil Aeronautics Authorty official, has grounded Brand Reynolds for reckless flying. Reynolds starts a flying school but has little success until Howell has the CAA make Brad's school a center in its civilian pilots' training program. Howell does this anonymously as Brad still bears a grudge against him. Among the college students taking flying lessons are "Skip" Rogers, whose sister, Ann Rogers, opposes his flying until she meets and falls in love with Brad. Jim Howell's brother, Tommy, is also a student. Tommy confesses to Brad that he is afraid to fly, and Brad takes him up on a special training flight which ends in disaster. The engine stalls, Tommy faints and Brad opens his parachute and throws him out of the plane in order to save his life. Brad lands the plane safely in a tree. (Actually, Paul Mantz lands the airplane safely in a tree.) Brad then takes another plane to search for Tommy, and "Skip" goes along as a stowaway. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They lived on the end of a smoldering fuse!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

20,000 hombres al año See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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New York City premiere October 27 1939 at the Roxy Theatre. See more »

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Filming location
18 December 2007 | by sharpe04See all my reviews

Although I have never seen this movie I can confirm that the flying sequences were shot at Monrovia Airport near Pasadena. This airport closed in 1953, according to the website "Abandonned and little known airports", which details many airports in California and elsewhere which were used as movie locations. Interestingly very close to the airport was the site of the very first Macdonalds restaurant. There is now no sign whatsoever that there ever was an airport there, like many old airports in the LA area the unstoppable tide of housing and commercial development has erased all memory. Laurel and Hardy also filmed at the airport on occasion, and I have seen amateur colour footage of a Boeing 247 being used during the filming of a scene at Monrovia from an unknown "gangster" movie.


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