Test Pilot

Test Pilot

Clark Gable
Director: Victor Fleming Cast: Clark Gable
Clark Gable
, Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
, Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
Victor Fleming


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Test Pilot is one of those irresistible MGM potboilers of the 1930s that coast along on sheer star power. Clark Gable plays a courageous test pilot, who compromises his achievements with his frequent bouts of drinking. Gable's mechanic, Spencer Tracy, does what he can to keep his boss out of trouble. While testing a new aircraft, Gable is forced to land on a Midwestern farm, where he meets and falls in love with Myrna Loy. Gable and Loy marry, whereupon he is fired by his boss Lionel Barrymore, who is of the opinion that flying and dames don't mix. Gable goes off on another bender, compelling Loy to leave him. Once more, Tracy comes to Gable's rescue by reuniting the couple and arranging for Barrymore to give Gable his job back. Later, Gable and Tracy are assigned to test a huge army bomber. Something goes wrong, and the plane goes into a dive. The self-sacrificing Tracy sees to it that Gable is saved from a flaming death--at the cost of his own life. Gable is so devastated by Tracy's death that it looks as though he'll never fly again. But with Loy's help, Gable regains his self-confidence. As one can see, there's little in Test Pilot that hasn't been done before. But with Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Myrna Loy at the controls, the film proved a real audience-pleaser in 1938. In fact, it's still pretty good today.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2014
UPC: 0888574038250
Original Release: 1938
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Sales rank: 22,007

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Jim Lane
Myrna Loy Ann Barton
Spencer Tracy Gunner Sloane
Lionel Barrymore Howard B. Drake
Samuel S. Hinds Gen. Ross
Marjorie Main Landlady
Ted Pearson Joe
Gloria Holden Mrs. Benson
Louis Jean Heydt Benson
Virginia Grey Sarah
Priscilla Lawson Mable
Claudia Coleman Mrs. Barton
Arthur Aylesworth Frank Barton
Ernie Alexander Actor
Hooper Atchley Actor
Bobby Caldwell Actor
Jack Cheatham Attendant
Dudley Clements Mr. Brown
Roger Converse Advertising Man
Nick Copeland Actor
Dix Davis Kids
James Donlan Actor
Lester Dorr Actor
Donald Douglas Actor
Frank Du Frane Actor
Billy Engle Little Man
Estelle Etterre Saleslady
Robert Fiske Actor
Byron Foulger Designer
Fay Holden Actor
Mary Howard Movie Leading Woman
Arthur Stuart Hull Floorwalker
Mitchell Ingraham Actor
Gladden James Interne
Frank Jaquet Motor Expert
Donald Kerr Drake Mechanic
Richard Kipling Actor
Jack Mack Actor
Wally Maher Mechanic
Douglas McPhail Singing Pilot in Cafe
Buddy Messinger Field Mechanic
Forbes Murray Actor
W.J. O'Brien Waiter
Tom O'Grady Bartender
Garry Owen Pilot
Alonzo Price Weatherman
Cyril Ring N.A.A. Official
Henry Roquemore Fat Man
Tom Rutherford Actor
Sid Saylor Boss Leader
Hudson Shotwell Actor
Martin Spellman Actor
Marilyn Spinner Actor
Charles Sullivan Actor
Frank Sully Pilots in Cafe
Phillip Terry Photographer
Richard Tucker Actor
Dorothy Vaughan Fat Woman
Charles Waldron Actor
Ray Walker Actor
Dick Winslow Actor
Brent Sargent Movie Leading Man
Lulu Mae Bohrman Actor
James Flavin Pilot
Gregory Gaye Grant

Technical Credits
Victor Fleming Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
John S. Detlie Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Howard Hawks Screenwriter
Tom Held Editor
Donald Jahraus Special Effects
Ray June Cinematographer
Vincent Lawrence Screenwriter
Louis D. Lighton Producer
Paul Mantz Cinematographer
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Frank Wead Original Story,Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Waldemar Young Screenwriter

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