Pilot No. 5

Pilot No. 5

Director: George Sidney Cast: Franchot Tone, Marsha Hunt, Gene Kelly

DVD (Full Frame)

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Pilot No. 5 is an oddly liberal-minded film to come from conservative old MGM. Franchot Tone plays an army pilot stationed in Java who volunteers for a suicide mission. He is chosen from five possible Allied candidates, hence the title. We learn via flashback just why Tone holds his life at so low a price; among his less pleasant reminiscences are his brief association with a demagogic Southern governor, blatantly based on Huey Long. Pilot No. 5 served to introduce Gene Kelly in a supporting role--as a nasty, pugnacious young jerk.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2012
UPC: 0883316587225
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:11:00
Sales rank: 30,859

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Franchot Tone George Braynor Collins
Marsha Hunt Freddie
Gene Kelly Vito S. Alesandro
Van Johnson Everett Arnold
Alan Baxter Winston Davis
Dick Simmons Henry Willoughby Claven
Steven Geray Maj. Eichel
Howard Freeman Frank Durham
Frank Puglia Nikola
William Tannen American Soldier
Eddie Acuff Cameraman
William Bishop Actor
Cliff Danielson Military Police
Jim Davis Actor
John Dilson Defense Instructor
Frank Ferguson Tully
Edward Fielding Dean Barrett
Jack Gardner Mechanic
Sara Haden Landlady
William Halligan Bartender
Betty Jaynes Actor
Marilyn Maxwell Actor
Kay Medford Secretary
Carl Saxe Dutch Boy
Harry Semels Barber
Billy Wayne Actor
Jacqueline White Party Girl
Marie Windsor Actor
Hobart Cavanaugh Boat Owner
Ava Gardner Bit Part
Peter Lawford Bit Part

Technical Credits
George Sidney Director
Glen Barner Set Decoration/Design
Howard Campbell Art Director
B.P. Fineman Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Lennie Hayton Score Composer
David Hertz Screenwriter
Donald Jahraus Special Effects
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
George White Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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