Top positive review
on 27 August 2017
The plot of the film appears simple. Bonnie (Jean Arthur) finds herself in a bar while her boat is stopping over in South America. There, she meets Jeff (Cary Grant), a pilot who leads a team of fliers to deliver mail. Within the course of an evening she falls for him and decides to miss her boat and stick around. Only Jeff isn't too pleased. The romance, however, is secondary and less interesting than the story of the male fliers. It is sometimes difficult to understand how dangerous flying was in its infancy but this fact is brought home rather brutally in the first 30 minutes. There is a good cast of supporting characters, including: Richard Barthlemass as the pilot no one wants around, a young Rita Hayworth as Jeff's old flame, and especially Thomas Mitchell as The Kid, Jeff's best friend. Although, being a product of the studio era the setting is very much studio based there is some really good aerial photography and stunts that give the film a gripping and tense edge during the flying scenes. Also, the chemistry between Grant and Mitchell is brilliant, in many ways more so than the chemistry between Grant and Arthur. This is Grant's film. In his career he was more likely to be cast as the handsome, suarve man about town but he is both confident and convincing as the more rugged Jeff showing he was an actor of wide range. Overall, a brilliant example of classic Hollywood. The sound and picture transfer are also really good, especially considering the age of the film.