Chain Lightning – 1950
—Deserves a Better Reputation—
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Director: Stuart Heisler
Veteran war pilot Matt Brennan (Humphrey Bogart) returns home to take a job as a test pilot and ends up working with/for an old friend (Richard Whorf) who happens to be dating Brennan’s wartime ex-girlfriend (Eleanor Parker).
What I Thought
A lot of the things that I didn’t like about China Clipper are fixed up in Chain Lightning. While both movies deal with pushing the boundaries of aviation, China Clipper peters out about halfway through when all character development seems to stall, while Chain Lightning is able to keep the stakes high right up to the very end.
Watching on TCM, I was a little puzzled as to why Robert Osborne lent so much credibility to the notion that this film is one of many attempts to recapture Casablanca’s magic. …
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