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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful statement of it's time.
Great flight scenes. The love angle is contained (never welcome in any military film if you ask me).

A great film, well worth the money.
Published on 26 Oct. 2010 by R. F. Horne

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Billionaires Embarrassment.
I thought it was about time to catch up on one of the few John Wayne films I have never seen, and I was glad I did for a number of strange reasons. The film fascinated me as much for the story behind its making as the film itself. John Wayne was leading man in two major embarassments for the legendary billionaire philanthropist Howard Hughes. He starred in the Hughes...
Published on 11 Dec. 2012 by Bob Salter


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3.0 out of 5 stars A Billionaires Embarrassment., 11 Dec. 2012
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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I thought it was about time to catch up on one of the few John Wayne films I have never seen, and I was glad I did for a number of strange reasons. The film fascinated me as much for the story behind its making as the film itself. John Wayne was leading man in two major embarassments for the legendary billionaire philanthropist Howard Hughes. He starred in the Hughes produced "The Conqueror" as a droopy moustached Genghis Khan, in possibly one of histories greatest pieces of miscasting. The other film was "Jet Pilot" where he stars in a Cold war drama as an American pilot who is assigned to seduce a beautiful Russian pilot who lands in Alaska. Filming commenced in late 1949 and did not finish until spring 1953. The film had several directorial changes, including Hughes himself, although Josef Von Sternberg is shown on most credits. Hughes then tinkered with the film until its eventual release in 1957 by which time it was hopelessly outdated and bombed spectacularly. Hughes was so embarassed that when he sold the RKO film library he withheld both films from sale so that they could never be shown again.

The film is laughably unrealistic from the moment Janet Leigh gets out of her Russian aircraft in a nice little white furry flying suit number. Not like any Russian air force uniform I have ever seen before! She is later allowed to fly American aircraft around like you do! It is one of the more ludicrous plots you are ever likely to see! Howard Hughes envisioned it as another of his beloved aviation pictures to be the fifties version of his earlier success "Wings". It didn't turn out quite like that. Most prominent in the film are two very noticeable assets of the young Janet Leigh. Hughes seems to have given them the same uplifting treatment that he did with Jane Russell in "The Outlaw". He seemed to be as infatuated with boobs as he was with aviation and clearly enjoyed combining both. This leads to one of the funnier lines I have heard in a long time. Leigh says to Wayne in a very American accent "so your father was a stuffer of birds and that is why you want to fly". Wayne replies "Your not so badly stuffed yourself". That line says it all really! But having said this some of the flying scenes are top drawer and the technicolor film is crisp and vibrant, as if it was filmed yesterday. It makes you laugh for perhaps the wrong reasons, but at least it makes you laugh. Wayne and Leigh make a very odd couple, but are strangely watchable. It is a curiosity from a bygone era that is actually well worth watching. But I can only give it 3 stars to keep any reviewer credibility that I might have intact.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Turgid and risible Cold War drama enlivened only by the superb aerial footage., 21 Jan. 2015
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Though the film remains a major disappointment it's still directed by the great Josef von Sternberg ("The Blue Angel") and written by Jules Furthman, who give it a few endearing comic touches (a soft-core striptease by the sexy heroine) that also includes some super aerial footage (staged by legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager). Despite its failure to come to life as an honest cold-war spoof and how ludicrous are its propaganda messages, the film-making is still first-class (it's a stunningly beautiful looking film). Executive producer Howard Hughes envisioned a different film and spent seven years shooting it again (using Nicholas Ray) and chopping it up even further before releasing it.

Janet Leigh plays Lt. Anna Marladovna, a sexy Russian jet pilot who defects to the American side while on a spy mission (she's actually a Communist spy trying to get top secrets from a high ranking commander). John Wayne plays air force colonel Jim Shannon, stationed in a remote Alaskan outpost close to the Soviet Union, who is put in charge of the defector. After Shannon flies with Anna to Washington, DC, the two become lovebirds and marry. Shannon learns soon after from the brass that she's been planted here as a spy and agrees to defect for their honeymoon to Russia as a ploy to see what he can learn about the spy plan.

The catch is that back in Moscow, after Anna tasted freedom American style, she no longer believes in the Commie line and the couple fly back to the good ole USA in a stolen MIG. The couple settle down to the good life of barbecues and material comfort in their Palm Springs, California, suburban home, where Janet parades around looking sexy in a bathing suit and Wayne is as proud as a peacock to be living out the American Dream.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Jet Pilot, 22 Feb. 2006
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This is a film for die-hard John Wayne fans only. A very weak story and not much flying. Not worth seeing, try something else. Not one of his better films. Set during the height of the cold war, a Russian aircraft enters U.S. airspace and lands at a USAF airbase where JW appears to be the senior officer. The pilot is female and claims asylum. She is treated to a number of flights in USAF aircraft and after a short period it is decided to repatriate her. Wayne marries her in an attempt toallow her to stay in the US and discovers she is a spy. He tehen flies back to Russia to do some spying back when the dastardly Russians start slowly poisoning him. His 'wife' discovers this and they both steal an aircraft and make good their escape back to the US.
Wayne made many better films and only Ghenghis Khan challenges this one for bottom place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars john wayne - jet pilot, 4 July 2012
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basically o.k, very unrealistic and more of a comedy of the cold war era. A female russian airforce pilot basically defecting to a u.s base. John Wayne is the officer put in charge of her. Oh Yeah like the u.s airforce would let a russian pilot up in their jet planes to fly around in in that era? hmmm..
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful statement of it's time., 26 Oct. 2010
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Great flight scenes. The love angle is contained (never welcome in any military film if you ask me).

A great film, well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars typical John Wayne, 23 April 2012
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If you enjoy John Wayne movies, you'll enjoy this one. If, in addition, you enjoy good flying sequences, this one is for you. In many ways it's a typical John Wayne movie set in different circumstances. However, to me, this is what movies are all about - you can just sit back, relax and enjoy. There's nothing taxing in the material but it's an enjoyable view and, as usually used to be the case, you don't have to worry about pieces included which might be deemed unsuitable for children.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a cold war pilot, 25 Mar. 2015
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This is yet another John Wayne film this time he is a pilot during the cold war era ( the fiftees) he of course has a love interest, when didn't he as he got older they got yunger this was the actress who later whent on to marry Tony Curtis her name was Janet Leigh.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A woman!, 3 Mar. 2013
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Enjoyed this movie a lot , a sort of romantic comedy action movie by Howard hughes made in the early fifties not released till the late fifties set during height of cold war John wayne,and Janet leigh star as well as the jet planes.
Anti communist veiws sounding outdated and old hat are here a plenty, and some of the dialouge is very corny,especially leighs bad attempt at a russian accent ,but hughes known for showing females as sex objects continues to do so in this film,but also turns convention upside down with the gorgeous Leigh in one scene coming to the rescue of big old John and saving his bacon from some russian soldiers ,also highlights the fact that women in russia have equal capabilities in all aspects of life, groundbreaking stuff when this movie was concieved in 1949.
Up in the air they play equal roles as pilots,on the ground man and woman smitten,maybe a bit much for true grit Wayne fans who like there man tough in life and romance,here he plays it different from his norm.
Great colour and flying scenes make this a nice movie to watch on a big screen,dont take it to seriously and you wil enjoy this early John wayne adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne.., 15 Mar. 2015
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Great old movie...Good quality
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Jan. 2015
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