Bush Pilot (1947)

59-60 mins | Drama | 7 June 1947

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HISTORY

Bush Pilot , a joint Canadian and United States production, was shot on location at Lake Musoka, Ontario, and Queensbury studios in ... More Less

Bush Pilot , a joint Canadian and United States production, was shot on location at Lake Musoka, Ontario, and Queensbury studios in Toronto. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
29 Nov 1947.
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The Exhibitor
25 Jun 1947.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Operative cam
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus score and dir
SOUND
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Flying seq +e by the following Canadian Bush Pilot
Flying seq
Flying seq
Flying seq
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 June 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Dominion Productions, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
15 April 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1024
Physical Properties:
Sound
Northern Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
59-60
Length(in feet):
5,412
Countries:
Canada, United States
PCA No:
11974
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Red North, a bush pilot in the small town of Nouvelle, in the Canadian outlands, is joined by his brother, Paul Gerard, a mean-spirited man who suffers from feelings of inferiority. Paul, who flew with Red in the Air Force, now plans to compete with a superior float plane with his brother's modest freight transport business in order to spite him. Paul harbors a lifelong resentment of his brother's success, which was exacerbated by an incident during the war in which Paul's recklessness resulted in the death of two of Red's pilot friends. Paul takes up residence at the local inn, run by his assistant, Chuck, and a widow named Mrs. Ward, who is the mother of Red's girl friend Hillary. One of the boarders is Scotsman Andy Moody, who hopes to strike gold so that he can propose to Mrs. Ward. Paul immediately begins to pursue Hillary. Hillary, who is the local schoolteacher, also receives a marriage proposal from Bill Gillespie, her old boss from Toronto. Hillary is only interested in Red, though, and encourages him to take a more secure job so that they can settle down. One day, months later, while Red is detained, Chuck agrees to transport a dangerous shipment of nitrol in order to keep Paul from stealing Red's charter contract. Chuck dies when his plane explodes, and Hillary blames Red and returns to Toronto to work for Bill. Red reacts by drinking too much and because of his drinking, when a pilot is needed to bring a scarlet fever vaccine to a lumber camp, Paul is chosen over Red. Hillary joins Paul as a guide. ... +


Red North, a bush pilot in the small town of Nouvelle, in the Canadian outlands, is joined by his brother, Paul Gerard, a mean-spirited man who suffers from feelings of inferiority. Paul, who flew with Red in the Air Force, now plans to compete with a superior float plane with his brother's modest freight transport business in order to spite him. Paul harbors a lifelong resentment of his brother's success, which was exacerbated by an incident during the war in which Paul's recklessness resulted in the death of two of Red's pilot friends. Paul takes up residence at the local inn, run by his assistant, Chuck, and a widow named Mrs. Ward, who is the mother of Red's girl friend Hillary. One of the boarders is Scotsman Andy Moody, who hopes to strike gold so that he can propose to Mrs. Ward. Paul immediately begins to pursue Hillary. Hillary, who is the local schoolteacher, also receives a marriage proposal from Bill Gillespie, her old boss from Toronto. Hillary is only interested in Red, though, and encourages him to take a more secure job so that they can settle down. One day, months later, while Red is detained, Chuck agrees to transport a dangerous shipment of nitrol in order to keep Paul from stealing Red's charter contract. Chuck dies when his plane explodes, and Hillary blames Red and returns to Toronto to work for Bill. Red reacts by drinking too much and because of his drinking, when a pilot is needed to bring a scarlet fever vaccine to a lumber camp, Paul is chosen over Red. Hillary joins Paul as a guide. After a successful drop, Paul's plane develops engine trouble and crashes. Although Hillary is unhurt, Paul has suffered broken ribs and punctured lungs. Before he dies, he confesses that Chuck's death was his fault, not Red's. Red rescues Hillary, and convinces her to marry him and not return to Toronto. Later, Scotty announces that he has struck gold, and takes Hillary's return railroad ticket to propose to Mrs. Ward. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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