Flight Command (1940)

A rookie flyer, Ens. Alan Drake, joins the famous Hellcats Squadron right out of flight school in Pensacola. He doesn't make a great first impression when he is forced to ditch his airplane and parachute to safety when he arrives at the base but is unable to land due to heavy fog. On his first day on the job, his poor shooting skills results in the Hellcats losing an air combat competition. His fellow pilots accept him anyways but they think he's crossed the line when they erroneously conclude that while their CO Billy Gray is away, Drake has an affair with his wife Lorna. Drake is now an outcast and is prepared to resign from the Navy but his extreme heroism in saving Billy Gray's life turns things around.

Directing:
  • Frank Borzage

Writing:
  • Wells Root
  • Harvey S. Haislip
  • John Sutherland

Stars:
Release Date: 1940-12-27
TMDb: 5/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 116
Walter Pidgeon
Walter Pidgeo...
Squadron Commander Billy Gary
Dick Purcell
Dick Purcell
Lieut. 'Stichy' Payne
Red Skelton
Red Skelton
Lieut. 'Mugger' Martin
Ruth Hussey
Ruth Hussey
Lorna Gray
Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
Ens. Alan Drake
Shepperd Strudwick
Shepperd Stru...
Lieut. Jerry Banning
Nat Pendleton
Nat Pendleton
C.P.O. 'Spike' Knowles
Stanley Smith
Stanley Smith
Lieut. Frost
Addison Richards
Addison Richa...
Vice Admiral
Donald Douglas
Donald Dougla...
1st Duty Officer
Pat Flaherty
Pat Flaherty
2nd Duty Officer
Marsha Hunt
Marsha Hunt
Claire
Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly
Lieut. Cmdr. 'Dusty' Rhodes
William Tannen
William Tanne...
Lieut. Freddy Townsend
Forbes Murray
Forbes Murray
Captain
Lee Tung Foo
Lee Tung Foo
Jung, Gary's Servant
Reed Hadley
Reed Hadley
Admiral's Aide
John Hamilton
John Hamilton
Pensacola Commander
Jack Luden
Jack Luden
Hell Cat
James Millican
James Millica...
North Island Tower Operator (voice)
Alberto Morin
Alberto Morin
Waiter
Tom Neal
Tom Neal
Hell Cat
Steve Pendleton
Steve Pendlet...
North Island Tower Operator
John Raitt
John Raitt
Hell Cat
Walter Sande
Walter Sande
Officer on Downed Seaplane
James Seay
James Seay
Officer on Downed Seaplane
John Sheehan
John Sheehan
Friendly Mechanic
Dick Wessel
Dick Wessel
Big Sailor on Downed Seaplane
Gayne Whitman
Gayne Whitman
Doctor
Bruce Edwards
Bruce Edwards
Hell Cat
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