Flight for Freedom

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Flight for Freedom was an "a clef" version of the Amelia Earhart story. Rosalind Russell plays the Earhart-like aviatrix Tonie Carter, who spends the early part of the film fighting against the aviation industry's prejudice against woman pilots. Tonie establishes a reputation as "the Lady Lindbergh", setting flight records on a near-weekly basis. Along the way, she falls in love with an agreeable flying ace (Fred MacMurray), much to the dismay of her conservative flight instructor (Herbert Marshall). The film's ending expands on speculation regarding Amelia Earhart's disappearance during a 1937 flight; Tonie Carter flies off on a secret mission to aid the Pacific war effort, then vanishes before completing her task. Flight for Freedom was produced for RKO by Floyd Odlum, whose wife Jacqueline Cochran was herself a renowned aviatrix. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Rosalind Russell
as Tonie Carter
Fred MacMurray
as Randy Britton
Eduardo Ciannelli
as John Salvini
Herbert Marshall
as Paul Turner
Walter Kingsford
as Adm. Graves
Richard Loo
as Mr. Yokahata
Eddie Dew
as Flyer
Frank Mills
as Cab Driver
Ed Agresti
as Headwaiter
Paul Stanton
as Airport Official
Ann Summers
as Woman at Airport
Stanley Andrews
as Prosperous Gent
Tom Dugan
as Bartender
Buddy Williams
as Black Waiter
Martin Ashe
as Collins
Hugh Beaumont
as Flight Instructor
Mary Treen
as Newspaper Woman
Clarence Straight
as Petty Officer
Kathleen Ellis
as Telephone Operator
Isabelle La Mal
as Telephone Operator
Forbes Murray
as Capt. Knowles
Shirley Lew
as Mrs. Yokahata
Byron Shores
as George Lake
James Eagles
as Charlie
Theodore von Eltz
as Cdr. George
William Forrest
as Vice-Consul
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