A Guy Named Joe

Synopsis: Maj. Pete Sandidge is a very able pilot who seems to have a streak of luck as far as flying goes. World War II is raging and Pete has come out of it pretty so far. He even has a beautiful girlfriend Dorinda Durston, herself a qualified pilot who ferries aircraft to different bases. When Pete is killed however, he finds himself in heaven and learns that every pilot has a guardian angel. He returns to Earth where, unseen by anyone, he coaches a pilot-in-training Ted Randall. Ted is a pretty good kid and is coming along nicely but when he's shipped to New Guinea he runs into Dorinda who has remained faithful to her lost love. As Ted pursues her, Pete will have to decide what he wants to do about it.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Victor Fleming
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
120 min

American p-38,

And I say the

P-38's better.

I didn't say it was all the way better.

I just said it was mostly better.

We shouldn't have

Any trouble about that.

The p-38

Is a little faster,

And the spitfire is a

Little more maneuverable.

They're both

Good planes.

You see?

I told him,

Talking all the time

About the spitfire

Being better

Was bad for british

And american relations.

Well, I've got an uncle in america.

That's more

Than you have.

Everybody has an uncle

In america.

Pete, what would


If you went way,

Way up high

And forgot to turn

Your oxygen tank on?

Well, you'd get weak. You'd

Get dizzy, and short of wind.

You wouldn't be able to think

Properly. You couldn't coordinate.

I mean, you might tell

Yourself to do one thing,

And you'd find yourself

Doing something else.


Pete, tell us

How it feels

To be up alone

In a plane

All by yourself.



Do tell us,


We're nuts to

Hear you tell it.

All right.

Well, when you're up there

All alone in your ship, you...

Say, uh...

You kids don't ever mention

Any of this stuff I tell ya,

Do ya?

Oh, no! Never.

Well, don't.

We won't.

Well, uh, when

You're up there,


All alone.

It's just you and your ship and the sky.

And you don't want

Anybody up there with you.

You don't want

Anybody to spoil it.

Everything's kinda still.

You have the feeling that

You're halfway to heaven.

You don't even seem to hear

The sound of your own motor,

Just a kind of a buzz,

Like the sky

Was calling you...

Like the sky

Was singing you a song.



And somehow it's never

00 up there.

It's... It's always now.

And the earth

Is so far below you

That it just doesn't

Matter anymore.

The sky is the thing

That's important.

The sky is your pal.

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Dalton Trumbo

James Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905 – September 10, 1976) was an American screenwriter and novelist who scripted many award-winning films including Roman Holiday, Exodus, Spartacus, and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. One of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of communist influences in the motion picture industry. He, along with the other members of the Hollywood Ten and hundreds of other industry professionals, was subsequently blacklisted by that industry. His talents as one of the top screenwriters allowed him to continue working clandestinely, producing work under other authors' names or pseudonyms. His uncredited work won two Academy Awards: for Roman Holiday (1953), which was given to a front writer, and for The Brave One (1956) which was awarded to a pseudonym of Trumbo's. When he was given public screen credit for both Exodus and Spartacus in 1960, this marked the beginning of the end of the Hollywood Blacklist for Trumbo and other screenwriters. He finally was given full credit by the Writers' Guild for all his achievements, the work of which encompassed six decades of screenwriting. more…

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