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Flight for Freedom (1943)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 15 April 1943 (USA)
The life of air pioneer Amelia Earhart is here given a fictionalized treatment, with a speculative conclusion.

Director:

Lothar Mendes

Writers:

Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay), S.K. Lauren (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rosalind Russell ... Tonie Carter
Fred MacMurray ... Randy Britton
Herbert Marshall ... Paul Turner
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Johnny Salvini
Walter Kingsford ... Admiral Graves
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Storyline

Fictionalized biography of Amelia Earhart (here called Tonie Carter). First, a flagwaving preface about air warfare in the Pacific; then flashing back to her first solo flight in 1932; whirlwind romance with sexist ace pilot Randy Britton; advanced training; a transcontinental race; world fame; first, aborted round-the-world flight; and her famous disappearance. This film popularized the theory that Earhart's disappearance was connected with secret work for the U.S. Navy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stand to Die See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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On the cigarette case the marked locations are incorrectly placed. The case shows Virginia Beach at Wilmington, NC and Delaware at Virginia Beach. See more »

Quotes

Randy Britton: If I'd known you were a girl I'd have let him ground you.
Tonie Carter: Now you're just kidding aren't you?
Randy Britton: Even wears pants. You probably call every man you know by their last name.
Tonie Carter: Well if you don't like your last name, there's plenty of other names I could think of that would fit you better.
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Featured in The Mysteries of Amelia Earhart (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Roy Webb
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A flight of fancy
22 October 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This film is a rather creaky melodrama inspired by the Amelia Earhart story. Rosalind Russell plays Tonie Carter who has to put up with prejudice as she learns to fly but pretty soon is setting flight records.

Carter falls in love with ace pilot Randy Britton (Fred MacMurray) who is one of the people who is sexist to her at the beginning but they then drift apart. However she then plans to race around the world solo after she promises to marry her flight instructor Paul Turner (Herbert Marshall.)

As the film was made during the second world war, there are elements of propaganda weaved into the plot as Carter is agrees to undertake a secret mission on behalf of the navy where she would get lost in her flight and the rescue mission would allow reconnaissance pictures to betaken under the noses of the Japanese. This mission reunited her with Britton who declares to Carter what she means to him.

The film really did not start off well, rather plodding I thought but it does get better in the final segments and like the rather campy but sinister turn by the Japanese hotel manager, who seemed to have channelled the great Peter Lorre.

Poor Paul Turner he was so happy to have snagged Carter has his fiancé but it was never going to happen.


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