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

Off we go

Into the wild blue yonder

Riding high...

It's Pete sandidge's


I'll bet you he's the best

Flyer in the whole world.

He's a grand-standing


You can't trust him

With a motorcycle,

Much less an airplane.

The report says "only one

Plane slightly damaged."

Every time they cross the

Channel, it's the same old story.

Here's the squadron. I got a

Chance to get a little sleep-

But no. Sandidge and yackey are

Up there somewhere playing tag.

And to think I once

Turned down a chance

To transfer to

The quartermaster corps!

Another routine

Complaint about him

From headquarters

This morning.

What did it say?

Oh, the usual.

What does headquarters think

These guys came over here for,

A sewing circle?

They're playing

For keeps!

Cops and robbers

With rocks in the snowballs,

Brass knuckles

And lead pipes

And a roughneck conviction that

Can lick any man in the world.

So headquarters in london

Complains... So what?

Look, look,

Here comes one on fire!

Uh-oh. I think

They're coming in now.

Those undisciplined


If they've ruined another ship, I'll

- I'll kill 'em!

Every time they go up, there's

Nothing but trouble, trouble, trouble!

You'd think b-25s

Grew on trees!

Look at that ship!

A 3-alarm fire!

It's going to make

A crash landing!

Let's go.

Yes, sir.

Any bloody noses

Down there?

We're all right,


You all right?

We're o.k., sir.

That was one swell landing.

Good shooting.

Thank you,


You o.k., Pete?

Sure, I'm o.k.

Gimme a cigarette.

You know, you just did make it, pal.

Thanks for

Herding me in.


Boy, oh, boy, I never seen so much black

In one place

In my life, did you-

Good morning.

Morning, sir.

Mission completed, sir.

All planes safe.

Oh, yes.

Yes, thanks.

Boy, you set

This crate down

Like a ladybug

On a toadstool.

I thought for a minute you was

Going to have to bail out, Pete.

Can't afford to lose a plane

In good shape like that.

Make a report

To intelligence.

Pick me up

In about an hour.

Oh, Sandy?

Yes, sir.

Looking over

Your ship, I-

Yes, sir. I was gonna make the

Report. I got a date. See you later.

I'll make

The report, sir.

Mind if I walk

With you?

No, sir.

Lucky the other man got

Off so easily, isn't it?

Uh-uh. You know I

Always bring 'em back.

Just a day for a little

Bad luck, that's all.

And yesterday

Was your day, too,

And the flight

Before that.

Yeah. Been havin' a

Lot of luck, haven't I?

What a beautiful day. Look at that sun.

Makes a guy

Feel good.

How high were you when you

Went in for your bombing run?

Now, look, nails, al

Is making out a report.

I got a date, and she's

Gonna get mad if I'm late.

I gotta shave and wash

And everything.

Why don't you wait

For the pilot's report?

O.k. Tell Dorinda for me she's

Lucky you got back at all.

What are you trying to

Do, break up my romance?

Just trying to

Keep you alive.

Ha ha. Leave that to me,

Nails. I'll be seeing ya.



There he is!

You call him.

No. I did it


Just holler, "hey, joe"

Like the americans do.

But his name

Isn't joe.

Don't you know anything about slang?

In the american

Air forces,

Anybody who's a right chap

Is a... A guy named joe.

That's very foolish,

Peter. I'll call him.

No, elizabeth.

I will.


Oh, Pete!

We're very glad

You got back safe.

Could you settle

An argument for us?

Could you, please?

Yeah, sure. I guess

That could be arranged.

Well, now, what's

The beef this morning?

Well, cyril says the

Spitfire's a better plane

Than the

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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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