Flight Command, 1940, is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Wednesday, February 8 at 12 noon. Closed captioned. This is the film that got Robert Taylor hooked on flying. Mr. Taylor started taking flying lessons right away. His devotion to flying was so intense that Barbara Stanwyck, his wife, felt neglected.
Lots of fun. Wells Root and Commander Harvey Haislip penned this screenplay from an original story Haislip also co-authored about an eager Naval Flight School cadet (Robert Taylor) in Pensacola flying solo out to Southern California to join Hellcat Fighters who have just lost one of their beloved teammates; he makes a colorful entrance (having to ditch his plane and parachute into the ocean because of fog!) and finds an early friend in a somewhat-emotional woman…the Skipper’s wife! Camaraderie between the pilots on the ground is enjoyably written and played, with Taylor’s charming self-assurance an interesting dynamic within the group (he isn’t cocky, he’s careful–though anxious to fit in). Subplot with Ruth Hussey’s lonesome wife is soapy yet surprisingly skillful, while the aerial maneuvers are nicely photographed. An extra bonus: Red Skelton as a joshing lieutenant…and Walter Pidgeon looking younger than I have ever seen him. Review by monspinner55 on IMDB
Some more photos. Ruth Hussey and Walter Pigeon appear in some of them: