I'm Still Alive


1h 12m 1940
I'm Still Alive

Brief Synopsis

The dangers of his job threaten to break up a stuntman and his movie star wife.

Film Details

Also Known As
Stunt Man
Genre
Romance
Drama
Release Date
Sep 20, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,480ft

Synopsis

Steve Bennett, a daredevil stunt pilot, not only faces death daily, but has the nerve to tell Laura Marley, the tempermental star of the picture on which he is working, to shut up. Steve's admonition results in a whirlwind romance, which culminates when the stunt man and star are married. Soon after the ceremony, however, Laura becomes hysterical over her husband's safety, and convinces Steve to give up his profession. When Steve has difficulty finding a regular job, Laura wangles him a job as an actor. In a scene in which Steve is supposed to drive over a pier, the studio engages stunt driver Tommy Briggs, an inexperienced youth who is a friend of Steve, to perform the stunt. Steve tries to convince the producer, Walter Blake, to let him perform his own stunt, but Blake refuses, and the boy is killed. Consumed by guilt, Steve leaves Laura to go barnstorming around the country. When Laura's acting begins to suffer as a result of Steve's absence, Blake tries to bring Steve back by manufacturing a romance between Laura and Steve's friend, Red Garvey. Learning of the romance after his eyes are injured in a crack-up, Steve returns to take a job at an aviation school. When he hears that Red is scheduled to perform an unusually dangerous stunt, Steve, believing that Laura loves Red, takes his place to save Laura from anguish. While performing the stunt, Steve crashes and is pulled from his plane to find Laura at his side.

Film Details

Also Known As
Stunt Man
Genre
Romance
Drama
Release Date
Sep 20, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,480ft

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Trivia

Actress Helen Twelvetrees sued, claiming that the film was based on her life story. She won her case.

Notes

The working title of this film was Stunt Man. This picture marked the directorial debut of Irving Reis, a former screenplay writer. Fred Niblo, who portrays a director in the film, was a well-known silent film director. Modern sources note that RKO star Helen Twelvetrees sued RKO over this picture, claiming that it was based on the life of her ex-husband, stunt man Jack Woody. The suit was settled for $1,100 in January 1943.