Forced Landing (1941)

63 or 66 mins | Drama | 25 July 1941

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HISTORY

Although most sources credit writers Maxwell Shane and Edward Churchill with the original story, SAB credits Blake McVey. The DV review indicates that an imaginary country, Mosaque, was named in the film to "avoid offending any nationality." This film marked the American motion picture debut of Hungarian-born actress Eva Gabor (1921--1995). HR news items reveal the following: Susan Hayward was screen tested for a role in this film; a TWA mascot, "Strato Lizzie", was signed to perform in the film; however, the cat's appearance in the film has not been confirmed; some scenes were shot on location in Gopher Valley, ... More Less

Although most sources credit writers Maxwell Shane and Edward Churchill with the original story, SAB credits Blake McVey. The DV review indicates that an imaginary country, Mosaque, was named in the film to "avoid offending any nationality." This film marked the American motion picture debut of Hungarian-born actress Eva Gabor (1921--1995). HR news items reveal the following: Susan Hayward was screen tested for a role in this film; a TWA mascot, "Strato Lizzie", was signed to perform in the film; however, the cat's appearance in the film has not been confirmed; some scenes were shot on location in Gopher Valley, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Aug 41
p. 390.
Box Office
12-Jul-41
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Daily Variety
1 Jul 1941.
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Film Daily
3 Jul 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Feb 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Mar 45
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Apr 41
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 41
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 41
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jul 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
5 Jul 1941.
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Variety
9 Jul 41
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Stunt pilot
Stunt pilot
Stunt pilot
Stunt pilot
SOURCES
SONGS
"Bandolero," music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and Victor Young.
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 July 1941
Production Date:
18 April--early May 1941 at Fine Arts Studios, CA
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 July 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10589
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63 or 66
Length(in feet):
6,013
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

American pilot Dan Kendall joins the Mosaque Air Corps but is thrown in the military prison with his mechanic Christmas after he picks a fight with Colonel Jan Golas at a cantina where he had been buying Golas' fiancée, Johanna Van Deuren, a drink. Golas agrees to release Dan after he learns that he saved Johanna from being hit by a car, but insists that Dan resign his commission and fly for Mosaque Civil Airlines instead. Unknown to Dan, Golas sabotaged the last two civil flights that were to deliver the payroll to workers at the fort, which resulted in the death of Dan's friend, pilot Petchnikoff. Golas asks Dan to fly Johanna to the local fort to visit her sick father, who is the foreman, and there they discover the workers are rebelling because they have not been paid in two months because of the payroll sabotage. Dan heads off the revolt by promising to deliver their payroll within three days. On their return flight, Dan lands the plane in a field because he sights a downed plane. He discovers it is Petchnikoff's plane, but does not find his friend. Dan and Johanna are captured by Andros Banshek, a revolutionary leader who plans to kill them so that they will not reveal his hideout. During an escape attempt, Banshek's little son Nando is shot, and Banshek agrees to allow Dan to fly them to Mosaque so that Nando can be treated by a doctor. Nando is saved, but someone sees Banshek and informs on him. In order to save his son, Banshek surrenders, but the brutal police kill ... +


American pilot Dan Kendall joins the Mosaque Air Corps but is thrown in the military prison with his mechanic Christmas after he picks a fight with Colonel Jan Golas at a cantina where he had been buying Golas' fiancée, Johanna Van Deuren, a drink. Golas agrees to release Dan after he learns that he saved Johanna from being hit by a car, but insists that Dan resign his commission and fly for Mosaque Civil Airlines instead. Unknown to Dan, Golas sabotaged the last two civil flights that were to deliver the payroll to workers at the fort, which resulted in the death of Dan's friend, pilot Petchnikoff. Golas asks Dan to fly Johanna to the local fort to visit her sick father, who is the foreman, and there they discover the workers are rebelling because they have not been paid in two months because of the payroll sabotage. Dan heads off the revolt by promising to deliver their payroll within three days. On their return flight, Dan lands the plane in a field because he sights a downed plane. He discovers it is Petchnikoff's plane, but does not find his friend. Dan and Johanna are captured by Andros Banshek, a revolutionary leader who plans to kill them so that they will not reveal his hideout. During an escape attempt, Banshek's little son Nando is shot, and Banshek agrees to allow Dan to fly them to Mosaque so that Nando can be treated by a doctor. Nando is saved, but someone sees Banshek and informs on him. In order to save his son, Banshek surrenders, but the brutal police kill him anyway. When the workers at the fort rebel, Golas convinces the chief general to allow him to fly as an escort while Dan flies the payroll to the fort. Johanna, fearing for her father, stows away on Dan's plane and, during the flight, notices that the payroll box is smoking. She tells Dan who, as she flies the plane, dumps the box out just before it explodes. Golas, realizing his plan has been foiled, shoots at Dan's plane, and Dan finally outwits him by throwing a box of metal parts into Golas' flight path. The parts damage the propeller and Golas crashes to his death. Dan returns to Mosaque to get the real payroll. Later, Golas' confederates are executed, and the general declares Banshek to have been a true patriot. Dan and Johanna marry and return to the United States. +

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