A Guy Named Joe (1944)





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Opening in England during the middle of World War II, A Guy Named Joe tells the story of Pete Sandidge (Spencer Tracy), a tough, devil-may-care bomber pilot who's amassed an enviable record in combat, mostly by taking chances that give his C.O. (James Gleason) the shakes, much as he and the top brass appreciate the results. Pete lives to fly, but he also appreciates the fairer sex, which for the last couple of years means Dorinda Durston (Irene Dunne), herself a hot-shot air-ferry pilot. She's … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Chandler Sprague, Dalton Trumbo, David Boehm
In Theaters:
MGM Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for A Guy Named Joe

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | September 2, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

What begins as a nice romantic fantasy turns into a schmaltzy melodrama about love and war, but it reflected the national mood and thus became a huge commercial hit.

Full Review… | June 18, 2009

June 1, 2005
International Press Academy

April 28, 2005

November 12, 2004
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for A Guy Named Joe

Was there ever an actress more intelligent, more beautiful, than Irene Dunne? And never an Oscar winner. This one's a little hokey, but a beautiful double love story. The movie that made Van Johnson a star.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer


This is a sweet story (later remade by Steven Spielberg with "Always") that has Spencer tracy playing a guardian angel to a young pilot who falls for his former lover. I also like the fact that there is no guy named Joe in the entire film.

Grade: B+


I don't see too many old Hollywood movies like this with big name actors in a serious, romantic comedy with action. Very sentimental, and filed with chuckles, it also offers a view into a past world where men could get away with a lot more in terms of the way they talked to women. Good stuff. Also, it had some pretty impressive battle scenes for the time.

Jexy G

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