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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 20, 1943 with Rosalind Russell reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

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

Paul Turner: Besides, fliers aren't good for women -- ever.
Tonie Carter: Oh, I know. Every flier's married to his plane.
Paul Turner: Not quite that bad. But they never know what's going on inside of other people. How can they? They live 10,000 feet up in a world entirely their own. Any girl's safer to leave them there.
Tonie Carter: Dad always used to say, when you're safe... you're dead.
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Columbia the Gem of the Ocean
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Music by David T. Shaw
Arranged by Roy Webb
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This is a fun Movie
24 March 2006 | by firesprinklersSee all my reviews

This is a fun movie of thirties aviation. The mid air between Randy and Tonie is laughable and fake. That aside I enjoy the tone and the simple enjoyment of the movie for what it was, a WWII war movie. Randy (Fred Mac Murry) and Tonie fall for each other with the background of thirties type air racing and breaking records as their goals. Then when a special assignment comes up to look for a "missing pilot" over the Japanese mandated islands, they both volunteer. Overall this is one of my favorite movies for this type. The Japanese hotel manager - as a Jap spy- is so typical as to be laughable. But this movie is not about realism or political correctness.


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