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Tail Spin (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 19 February 1939 (USA)
Flyer enters a cross-country aerial derby, becomes rival to a wealthy society flyer, competes in parachute jumps and has love affairs.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writer:

Frank Wead
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alice Faye ... Trixie Lee
Constance Bennett ... Gerry Lester
Nancy Kelly ... Lois Allen
Joan Davis ... Babe Dugan
Charles Farrell ... Bud
Jane Wyman ... Alabama
Kane Richmond ... Lt. Dick 'Tex' Price
Wally Vernon ... Chick
Joan Valerie ... Sunny
Edward Norris ... Speed Allen
J. Anthony Hughes ... Al Moore
Harry Davenport ... T.P. Lester
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Allen ... Charlie
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Flyer enters a cross-country aerial derby, becomes rival to a wealthy society flyer, competes in parachute jumps and has love affairs.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Luftens amazoner See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Audrey Scott doubled for both Alice Faye and Constance Bennett for their respective plane crash scenes, and was injured on both occasions. See more »

Quotes

Trixie Lee: We're supposed to be on the starting line in five minutes! Where've you been?
Babe Dugan: Out shavin' a lion.
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Soundtracks

Are You in the Mood for Mischief?
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Alice Faye
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Entertaining Little Soaper
9 October 2007 | by JohnnyOldSoulSee all my reviews

Quite a change of pace for an Alice Faye film. Gone are the glorious gowns and exotic locales, but instead we find our Miss Faye as an aviatrix, trying to make ends meet and win the Cleveland Air Races. Her arch rival is the society belle Gerry Lester, played with an arched eyebrow by Constance Bennett.

The performances are a bit overwrought, but that's part of the fun. Faye only gets one song in the final cut, but it's a great sultry number called "Are You in the Mood for Mischief?" Throw in an awkward slap fight in the powder room, a dash of tragedy, and you've got a fun cinematic soapie/tearjerker/stand up and cheer kind of film.

Basically an A-picture that plays like a B, with all the entertaining trappings that implies.

Joan Davis is great fun as the comic relief. Nice rainy-Saturday entertainment.


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