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Flight for Freedom Details

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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

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harley Miller Best Black and White Art Direction 1943 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert S. D'Agostino Best Black and White Art Direction 1943 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carroll Clark Best Black and White Art Direction 1943 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Darrell Silvera Best Black and White Art Direction 1943 Nominee

Cast

Rosalind Russell
as Tonie Carter
Fred MacMurray
as Randy Britton
Herbert Marshall
as Paul Turner
Walter Kingsford
as Adm. Graves
Damian O'Flynn
as Pete
Jack Carr
as Bill
Matt McHugh
as Mac
Richard Loo
as Mr. Yokohata
Stanley Andrews
as Prosperous Gent
Hugh Beaumont
as Flight Instructor
Eddie Dew
as Flyer
Donald Dillaway
Tom Dugan
as Bartender
William Forrest
as Vice-Consul
Frank Mills
as Cab Driver
Forbes Murray
as Capt. Knowles
Byron Shores
as George Lake
Paul Stanton
as Airport Official
Clarence Straight
as Petty Officer
Mary Treen
as Newspaper Woman
Theodore Von Eltz
as Cdr. George
Martin Ashe
as Collins
Kathleen Ellis
Eduardo Ciannelli
as John Salvini
Byron Shores
as George Lake
William Forrest
as Vice-Consul
Theodore Von Eltz
as Cdr. George
Paul Stanton
as Airport Official
Clarence Straight
as Petty Officer
Forbes Murray
as Capt. Knowles
Hugh Beaumont
as Flight Instructor
Eddie Dew
as Flyer
Martin Ashe
as Collins
Tom Dugan
as Bartender
Frank Mills
as Cab Driver
Mary Treen
as Newspaper Woman
Stanley Andrews
as Prosperous Gent

Crew

Lothar Mendes
Director
David Hempstead
Producer
Oliver H.P. Garrett
Screenwriter
Jane Murfin
Screenwriter
Lee Garmes
Cinematographer
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Roland Gross
Editor
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director
Carroll Clark
Art Director
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Harley Miller
Set Designer
Adrian
Costume Designer
Vernon Walker
Special Effects
Horace McCoy
Short Story Author
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