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Chain Lightning (1950)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 31 May 1950 (Mexico)
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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 »

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writers:

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 ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

THERE'S A NEW BOGART THRILL IN THE SKY! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1950 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Des Teufels Pilot See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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

When the JA4 is moving to taxi, the crew ladder (near side) is removed, however, the A-frame ladder (far side) is not moved and the JA4 starts the taxi with that ladder and 2 personnel are going to be taken out by the starboard (right) wing. 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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Connections

Edited from The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Bless 'em All
Written by Fred Godfrey (1917)
Revised lyrics by Jimmy Hughes and Frank Lake (1940)
Additional lyrics by Al Stillman (1941)
Sung by various characters at the cafe with piano accompaniment
Also sung by various characters at the party with piano accompaniment
Played occasionally in the score
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This movies was science fiction then, new we're there
18 August 2007 | by milwhitt70See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out and jets were practically unheard of. Three years later I was in Korea with the 335th FIS, and the King then was the F-86. The original movie showed a needle nose designed to break the air at high speed as a diver points his hands to break the water, and the air intakes were on the sides. The F-86 had one big intake in front which was dangerous because one of my best friends, a mechanic, was accidentally sucked up the intake while chocking wheels on the run-up strip when the pilot hit the throttle at 100%. He was gone in the blink of an eye. Bogie's plane could fly up to 60,000 ft and top speed of about 1600 mph. General Dynamics must have used this movie for the development of the F-16, because there seems to be a lot of similarities. I took an interest in some of the comparisons after seeing the movie "Afterburn".


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