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20,000 Men a Year

20,000 Men a Year(1939)

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The working titles for this film were Aviation Story and Air Story. The film opens with the following inscription: "The nationally-sponsored program of training students to fly, which inspired this picture, is an education for the uses of peace-not war. For dramatic purposes, and to demonstrate the power and reliability of modern planes in great emergencies, this story portrays a flight adventure under purely fictional circumstances." Twentieth Century-Fox reported in a press release that executive producer Sol Wurtzel personally selected this story and sent the screenwriters to the University of Washington at Seattle to study an actual college flight training program. The Box Office review stated that this college training program was a "part of a recently announced government project." Allan Dwan was originally scheduled to direct this film, but was replaced by Al Greene just prior to production. The film did some location shooting at Occidental College in Los Angeles, as well as at the Monrovia Airport in Monrovia, California. A second unit was sent to Cedar City, Utah as well, to shoot some of the aerial sequences. The Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library reports that Gail Patrick was considered for the role of "Ann Rogers," as were Frank Jenks, Warren Hymer, Cliff Edwards, Slim Summerville and Guinn Williams for the role of "Walt Dugan." The Call Bureau Cast Service and Daily Variety review mistakenly call Scott's character "Chuck Allen."