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Test Pilot

Test Pilot (1938)

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Critic Reviews: 1
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 0

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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,

Unrated,

Drama, Classics

Vincent Lawrence, Waldemar Young, Howard Hawks

Dec 11, 1991

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Test Pilot is an actioner against a new approach to the aviation theme, fortified by a strong romance.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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One of the best Hollywood aviation dramas.

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Myrna Loy's favorite movie role.

August 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Combining adventure, melodrama, and thrilling aerial sequences, Victor Fleming's film is a typical MGM star vehicle of the Depression, showing to an advantage the charisma of Gable, Tracy, and Myrna Loy.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Super MGM WWII actioner + tear jerker.

December 8, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

It wants to be a grand story of love and adventure and the call of ever-increasing speed and height, but it's basically just Top Gun, fifty years earlier.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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The stellar combination of Cable, Tracey and Loy is irrestistible, even if the plot is a little trite.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Test Pilot

Good cast, but the movie is too long and boring.
September 19, 2010
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

Not a great film but not one easily dismissed either. Gable and Tracy are charming as is Myrna Loy. Silly 30s fare to see on a rainy day.
April 29, 2014
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

There is no better on screen duo in the 30's better than Gable and Tracy. These two are instant magic when they are together. Throw in Myrna Loy and you have a very fun movie with 3 actors at the top of their game.The film is about a test pilot(Gable) and his trusty mechanic(Tracy) who meet a girl(Loy) and how the strain of a test pilot's life affects them all.The film is a little long,but the action is well done.The acting is the main reason to watch this film, and if your are a fan of the big three, then you will have a good time.
June 10, 2009
codyfranklin2

Super Reviewer

Tracy! Gable! Loy! I so enjoyed watching them together.
June 4, 2009
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