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Test Pilot


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  • Actors: Myrna Loy; Clark Gable; Spencer Tracy; Lionel Barrymore
  • Directors: Victor Fleming
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive Collection
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2014
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KCDED8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A test pilot compromises his career and his love life with excessive drinking.

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This weak storyline is carried off with great effect by the excellent cast.
Samantha Glasser
Test Pilot had Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy (!), and the great one himself, Lionel Barrymore.
Leon
I have looked for this DVD for years because I loved the VHS version of the movie.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "scotsladdie" on November 9, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Among the planes used in this movie were the Army's huge new bombers, which were nicknamed "Flying Fortresses", which were, in 1938, probably the most powerful war planes on earth. The scenes in which they appear were shot at March Field, California with co-operation with the Army - doubles appeared (obviously) for the stars in dangerous scenes. This picture made the most out of a test pilot's daredevil life and the spectre of death which hung over one pilot (Clark Gable, natch), his wife (Myrna Loy) and his mechanic (Spencer Tracy). TEST PILOT got its title from a book written by one Jimmy Collins who was one of the ablest of test pilots during the thirties. One day in 1935, he was making what was to have been his last flight before retiring. Suddenly, in a power-dive, a wing sheared off; the whole craft fell apart in mid-air and Collins had not a chance to jump. The most suicidal occupation in the peacetime world sixty years ago was very likely that of a test pilot. The test pilot's job was to try out new planes af all models and see just what they can do. Sometimes they couldn't do all that the pilot asks of them; when that happened, it was a matter of jump of get killed. In 1938, there were approximately 100 test pilots in the US, most being between the ages of 20 and 30. They earned big money and lived high and hard - if not long! After a few years, they'd retire or adopt a fatalistic bravado like the hero of this MGM flick, who fancies himself as playing a game with a lady in a pretty blue dress, high above the earth. One of the 15 top grossing films of 1938, it was nominated for Best Picture at the Venice Film Festival.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kirin on November 24, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
All I have to say is Spencer Tracy and Myrna Loy are superb actors. With great actors, everything is automatic. They don't have to pretend to be anything because the feeling is their own. I love watching classic movies to observe actors and these two are among the most talented actors. It's just to bad Ms. Loy never received an oscar because she is superb in any role she plays and every role is always believable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Ballinger on July 31, 2007
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I just finished watching this movie tonight on TCM and immediately looked it up on Amazon to buy it on DVD but....it's not on DVD! This movie was so good! When you hear people say, "they just don't make movies like this one anymore" - this is one of those kind of movies! The acting was incredible: Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable together make this movie so enjoyable and the storyline just draws you in. I can't believe this one is not available on DVD - if you get a chance to catch this movie on television, don't miss it!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By JamesJames on August 2, 2006
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The subject says it all: this is a glorious film - with a maignificent cast. Why hasn't it been released on DVD?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is a fun movie to watch. The stars do an excellent job, Tracy and Loy especially. Worth watching more than once
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leon on December 8, 2012
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Test Pilot has rapidly become one of my all-time favorites. I challenge anyone to watch it when it comes on (too infrequently) on TCM and not be alternately thrilled, humored, moved and exhilarated. Myrna Loy and Clark Gable play magnificently off of each other. I believe Mrs. Loy said this was her favorite film of all the ones she's made (quite a statement!).

Clark Gable plays a true man's man, a genuine hero, but his character has more shades of gray than a popular S&M novel. (It's also a very sexy movie. The seduction scene between Loy and Gable is utterly unique and incredibly charming.) There's also great, heart-pounding action. But the character arc that Gable has to undergo is a glory to behold. He goes, kicking and screaming all the way, from a completely independent, macho, man's man beholden to no one, to a... well, you have to see the movie for yourself. You may think you know how it will go, but it takes more unpredictable twists and turns than a pilot-less plane falling out of the sky.

Now for the real point of this review: Where is the dang DVD?!? They make DVDs out of such dross these days, direct-to-video crappola. Test Pilot had Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy (!), and the great one himself, Lionel Barrymore. It was nominated for three Oscars, for crying out loud! And not garbage Oscars but major categories like Best Screenplay (one of the best ever -- Frank Wead was the Ernest Hemingway of screenwriting), Best Editing, and even Best Picture!

A Blu-Ray would be even better, but I'd settle for a nicely remastered DVD, if you please.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on July 2, 2008
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It is a simple story, really. Jim (Clark Gable) and Gunner (Spencer Tracy) are test pilots. They risk their lives for thrills and a quick buck. Jim loves women and Gunner loves Jim. Howard Drake (Lionel Barrymore) is their mentor, and he knows them through and through. He doesn't quite believe it when Jim marries Ann (Myrna Loy), a farmgirl from Kansas, but over time he realizes the true bond they have with each other. It is too bad Jim will never lose his love for the sky and the adrenaline rush he gets when he flies.

This weak storyline is carried off with great effect by the excellent cast. MGM boasted that it had more stars than were in the heavens, and they knew how to exhibit them. Gable is brash and masculine in his role, the perfect ladies man. Loy plays the part she always played, the perfect wife with an understanding heart. Tracy has the most difficult job here, because his character's love for his friend seems much more intense than that of a normal friendship. He balances the tricky situation brilliantly. Barrymore suffered greatly from his arthritis during this time period, so most of his scenes are done sitting down in cars, but it is nice to see him nonetheless.
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