Legion of Lost Flyers (1939)

63 mins | Drama | 3 November 1939

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Producer:

Ben Pivar

Cinematographer:

Jerome Ash

Editor:

Maurice Wright

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co.
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HISTORY

Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and plot summary were taken from a cutting continuity included in the copyright records. This film was also reviewed under the title Legion of Lost Fliers ... More Less

Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and plot summary were taken from a cutting continuity included in the copyright records. This film was also reviewed under the title Legion of Lost Fliers . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
9 Nov 39
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Mar 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Aug 39
p. 47.
Motion Picture Herald
4 Nov 39
p. 50.
New York Times
30 Oct 39
p. 13.
Variety
1 Nov 39
p. 14.
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 November 1939
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 28 October 1939
Production Date:
began 26 July 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
15 September 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9111
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5649
SYNOPSIS

After he is blamed for a fatal crash that occurred when he was forced to bail out of a transport plane, pilot Gene "Loop" Gillan joins a corps of pilots who, because of their unsavory records, have established an outpost squadron in the frozen wastelands of Alaska. Even among this legion of lost flyers, Loop has difficulty and finds himself grounded when Bill Desert, the head of the commercial airlines, refuses to hire him as a pilot. At the request of mechanic "Beef" Brumley, Bill hires Loop as a "grease jockey." Although regarded as a coward by most of the flyers, Loop is befriended by Beef and by Bill's sweetheart Paula. Loop patiently awaits the arrival of Desert pilot Ralph Perry, the man who was responsible for the crash. When Perry finally arrives at the airstrip, he admits his guilt to Loop but refuses to make a public confession. Soon afterward, while flying as a mechanic for another pilot, Loop's plane is caught in a blinding blizzard, and to silence his accuser, Perry instructs the pilot to fly too low, causing the plane to crash. When Loop survives the mishap, Perry decides to steal a gold shipment and disappear. Taking off during a blizzard, Perry crashes his plane in Galewind Canyon. When a pilot spots the injured Perry, radio broadcaster Larry Barrigan arrives on the scene to report the incident, and Loop takes off to rescue Perry. After making an impossible landing, Loop rescues the injured pilot and forces him to admit over the radio that he was flying the doomed plane. His name finally cleared, Loop is reinstated as ... +


After he is blamed for a fatal crash that occurred when he was forced to bail out of a transport plane, pilot Gene "Loop" Gillan joins a corps of pilots who, because of their unsavory records, have established an outpost squadron in the frozen wastelands of Alaska. Even among this legion of lost flyers, Loop has difficulty and finds himself grounded when Bill Desert, the head of the commercial airlines, refuses to hire him as a pilot. At the request of mechanic "Beef" Brumley, Bill hires Loop as a "grease jockey." Although regarded as a coward by most of the flyers, Loop is befriended by Beef and by Bill's sweetheart Paula. Loop patiently awaits the arrival of Desert pilot Ralph Perry, the man who was responsible for the crash. When Perry finally arrives at the airstrip, he admits his guilt to Loop but refuses to make a public confession. Soon afterward, while flying as a mechanic for another pilot, Loop's plane is caught in a blinding blizzard, and to silence his accuser, Perry instructs the pilot to fly too low, causing the plane to crash. When Loop survives the mishap, Perry decides to steal a gold shipment and disappear. Taking off during a blizzard, Perry crashes his plane in Galewind Canyon. When a pilot spots the injured Perry, radio broadcaster Larry Barrigan arrives on the scene to report the incident, and Loop takes off to rescue Perry. After making an impossible landing, Loop rescues the injured pilot and forces him to admit over the radio that he was flying the doomed plane. His name finally cleared, Loop is reinstated as a flyer and falls in love with Paula. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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