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Pilot #5(1943)

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  • Interesting Character Study

    • Randy
    • 11/12/10

    I just saw this film for the first time, and unlike other reviewers who didn't care for it, I found it interesting as both a character study and as a window into the time, 1942-43, when Allied forces were taking a beating from Axis successes. The point, as it appears to me, is to show that every individual has a story, and that the people aren't all good or all bad, but a combination of qualities that end up being illustrated through the stress of warfare. Its focus is inspirational but not in the simple, jingoistic and mindless way other films of the period were. The surprising number of 1st class actors in the story play characters bringing some breadth and depth to the sopcial issues. For example, the Gene Kelly character's admiration of Mussolini was not unlike that of many Americans during the very early war years ("At least he made the trains run on time"). The other characters made transitions from self-interest to national interest. With those thoughts in mind, I find it a much better than average movie-that-nobody-ever-heard-of.

  • a waste of a movie.

    • bill
    • 10/17/10

    i love movies made during the war about the war,but this has to be just about the worst one i"ve ever seen.couldn't wait for this one to be over.plot was ridicously stupid,acting was bad.i hope TCM never shows this again.

  • GENE the pilot GENE the lawyer--ah just GENE

    • Rachel
    • 5/29/07

    This movie was another of GENE'S war-time movies. Among his war movies, this one is probably my least favorite, but as usual, GENE was so young and extremely handsome and did (as always) an excellent job with his role. There are parts of this movie that are my favorite. GENE, playing "Vito Alessandro,: an Italian, is quite the rough, tough guy at the beginning of the movie, landing a punch on the jaw of one of the other war buddies who confronts him. I like his hot temper~~shows a bit of what the "real" GENE was like (according to bio. and friends). I also like the scene where he is a lawyer in his law office and his brother, Nikola, comes to see him. I like this scene because GENE speaks a bit of Italian, and coming from him, it sounded wonderful (as did his fluent French in other movies). Hard to believe that GENE doesn't get the girl in this movie. Instead, he's a wonderful friend to "George" and helps to get him and his girl "Freddie" back together and gives them a plane ticket to fly off and get married. What a pal! Can't believe "Freddie"(Marsha Hunt) chose "George" (Franchot Tone) over "Vito"(GENE)! What was she thinking(ha,ha)! None the less, this is a quiet war-time movie in which GENE'S presence makes all the difference, although "George" is the hero who flies the plane with bomb attached, into the Japanese ship. But no matter what, GENE was always a hero in my opinion!

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