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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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When she's in his arms, it's the grandest thrill the screen can give! 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 »

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

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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Connections

Featured in The F.B.I.: The Architect (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Bogey the test pilot.
15 February 2017 | by HarryLagsSee all my reviews

I must say right up front that Humphrey Bogart is my favorite film actor of all time.That said, Chain Lightning won't be remembered as one of his best. In "Chain Lightning," Bogart is a World War H bomber pilot hired as a test-pilot who, after the death of his designer friend (Richard Whorf), successfully tries out a newly designed ejection cockpit...

His fans may be able to suspend all disbelief and take some interest in Bogey testing jet planes and romancing the company secretary. Even so, Chain Lightning gives us the great Bogart one more time.

Conclusion - This is not the best Humphrey Bogart movie ever. But that's like saying the sun isn't shining as well as it should. If you love Bogart, you will love this film!


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