I'm Still Alive (1940)

70 or 72 mins | Drama | 20 September 1940

Director:

Irving Reis

Writer:

Edmund H. North

Cinematographer:

J. Roy Hunt

Editor:

Theron Warth

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Stunt Man . This picture marked the directorial debut of Irving Reis, a former screenplay writer. Fred Niblo, who portrays a director in the film, was a well-known silent film director. Modern sources note that RKO star Helen Twelvetrees sued RKO over this picture, claiming that it was based on the life of her ex-husband, stunt man Jack Woody. The suit was settled for $1,100 in Jan ... More Less

The working title of this film was Stunt Man . This picture marked the directorial debut of Irving Reis, a former screenplay writer. Fred Niblo, who portrays a director in the film, was a well-known silent film director. Modern sources note that RKO star Helen Twelvetrees sued RKO over this picture, claiming that it was based on the life of her ex-husband, stunt man Jack Woody. The suit was settled for $1,100 in Jan 1943. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
16 Sep 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
30 Sep 40
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jul 40
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
17 Sep 40
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
21 Sep 40
p. 26.
New York Times
11 Oct 40
p. 25.
Variety
2 Oct 40
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
Hats by
MUSIC
Mus
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Stunt Man
Release Date:
20 September 1940
Production Date:
began 8 July 1940
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
27 September 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9946
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70 or 72
Length(in feet):
6,480
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6500
SYNOPSIS

Steve Bennett, a daredevil stunt pilot, not only faces death daily, but has the nerve to tell Laura Marley, the tempermental star of the picture on which he is working, to shut up. Steve's admonition results in a whirlwind romance, which culminates when the stunt man and star are married. Soon after the ceremony, however, Laura becomes hysterical over her husband's safety, and convinces Steve to give up his profession. When Steve has difficulty finding a regular job, Laura wangles him a job as an actor. In a scene in which Steve is supposed to drive over a pier, the studio engages stunt driver Tommy Briggs, an inexperienced youth who is a friend of Steve, to perform the stunt. Steve tries to convince the producer, Walter Blake, to let him perform his own stunt, but Blake refuses, and the boy is killed. Consumed by guilt, Steve leaves Laura to go barnstorming around the country. When Laura's acting begins to suffer as a result of Steve's absence, Blake tries to bring Steve back by manufacturing a romance between Laura and Steve's friend, Red Garvey. Learning of the romance after his eyes are injured in a crack-up, Steve returns to take a job at an aviation school. When he hears that Red is scheduled to perform an unusually dangerous stunt, Steve, believing that Laura loves Red, takes his place to save Laura from anguish. While performing the stunt, Steve crashes and is pulled from his plane to find Laura at his ... +


Steve Bennett, a daredevil stunt pilot, not only faces death daily, but has the nerve to tell Laura Marley, the tempermental star of the picture on which he is working, to shut up. Steve's admonition results in a whirlwind romance, which culminates when the stunt man and star are married. Soon after the ceremony, however, Laura becomes hysterical over her husband's safety, and convinces Steve to give up his profession. When Steve has difficulty finding a regular job, Laura wangles him a job as an actor. In a scene in which Steve is supposed to drive over a pier, the studio engages stunt driver Tommy Briggs, an inexperienced youth who is a friend of Steve, to perform the stunt. Steve tries to convince the producer, Walter Blake, to let him perform his own stunt, but Blake refuses, and the boy is killed. Consumed by guilt, Steve leaves Laura to go barnstorming around the country. When Laura's acting begins to suffer as a result of Steve's absence, Blake tries to bring Steve back by manufacturing a romance between Laura and Steve's friend, Red Garvey. Learning of the romance after his eyes are injured in a crack-up, Steve returns to take a job at an aviation school. When he hears that Red is scheduled to perform an unusually dangerous stunt, Steve, believing that Laura loves Red, takes his place to save Laura from anguish. While performing the stunt, Steve crashes and is pulled from his plane to find Laura at his side. +

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