A Guy Named Joe

A Guy Named Joe

Director: Victor Fleming Cast: Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne, Van Johnson

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Overview

Opening in England during the middle of World War II, A Guy Named Joe tells the story of Pete Sandidge (Spencer Tracy), a tough, devil-may-care bomber pilot who's amassed an enviable record in combat, mostly by taking chances that give his C.O. (James Gleason) the shakes, much as he and the top brass appreciate the results. Pete lives to fly, but he also appreciates the fairer sex, which for the last couple of years means Dorinda Durston (Irene Dunne), herself a hot-shot air-ferry pilot. She's also worried about the chances he takes, even after Pete and his best friend, Al Yackey (Ward Bond), are transferred to Scotland and switched to flying reconnaissance missions. Pete finally agrees to take a training position back in the States, but he must fly one last mission, to locate a German force threatening an Allied convoy. He and Al do the job and have turned for home when the German fighter cover attacks; Pete's plane is damaged and he's wounded, and after his crew bails out he takes the burning ship down and drops his bomb-load on the main German attack ship (a carrier, which is totally inaccurate) at zero altitude. His plane is caught in the blast and destroyed, and that's where the main body of the movie begins. Pete arrives in a hereafter that's a pilot's version of heaven, including a five-star general (Lionel Barrymore). He doesn't even appreciate what's happened to him until he meets Dick Rumney (Barry Nelson), a friend and fellow pilot who was previously killed in action. It seems that the powers of the hereafter are contributing to the war effort, sending departed pilots like Pete and Dick to Earth to help guide and help young pilots; Pete himself discovers that he benefited from these efforts in peacetime. Pete ends up at Luke Field near Phoenix, AZ, where he takes on helping Ted Randall (Van Johnson), a young pilot who lacks confidence. By the time he's done, riding along while Ted "solos," Ted is a natural in the air and ends up as the star of his squadron when he become operational in New Guinea -- in a group under the command of Al Yackey -- and ends up taking over command when their own leader is shot down. Pete's like a proud teacher, and also enjoys his unheard ribbing of Al and his ex-C.O. to Rumney, over their promotions, but then Dorinda shows up, and suddenly Pete finds all of his unresolved feelings about her recalled, even as he sees that she's never gotten over losing him. And when, with Al's help, she and Ted meet and seem to fall for each other, Pete's jealousy gets the better of him. It's only when he is made to realize just how important life was to him, and how important the future is for those still living, that he begins to understand that he has to let go of his feelings, and let Dorinda and Ted get on with their lives. But first he has to help Dorinda survive a suicide mission that she's taken over from Ted, attacking a huge and heavily defended Japanese ammo dump.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2013
UPC: 0883316787670
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 6,218

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Pete Sandidge
Irene Dunne Dorinda Durston
Van Johnson Ted Randall
Ward Bond Al Yackey
Lionel Barrymore The General
James Gleason Col. "Nails" Kilpatrick
Esther Williams Ellen Bright
Barry Nelson Dick Rumney
Henry O'Neill Col. Hendricks
Don DeFore "Powerhouse" James J. Rourke
Charles B. Smith Sanderson
George Atkinson Waiter
Stephen Barclay Actor
Eddie Borden Taxi Driver
Eddie Coke Corporal
Oliver Cross American Major
Howard Davies Bartender
Vernon P. Downing English Liaison Officer
Mary Elliott Dance Hall Girl
Richard Graham Crew Member
Carey Harrison American Major in Red Lion Inn
Leatrice Joy Actor
George Kirby Fishermaen
Harold Landon Actor
Robert Lowell Actor
William Manning Co-Pilot
James Martin Actor
Mary McLeod Actor
Neyle Morrow Flier
Michael Owen U.S. Lieutenant
Jean Prescott Mother
Jack Saunders American Captain
Ken Scott Actor
Jessie Tai Sing Headwaitress
Arthur Space San Francisco Airport Captain
Wyndham Standing English Colonel
Clarence Straight Flight Sergeant
Robert Sully Actor
Carlie Taylor English Captain
Joan Thorsen Actor
Elizabeth Valentine Washerwoman's Child
Leslie Vincent Sentry
James Warren Irish Guard
Alan Wilson Sergeant in Jeep
Allen Wood Tough Corporal
Fred Coby Cadet
Yvonne Severn Elizabeth
Herbert Gunn Actor
Richard Woodruff Actor
Louis Hart Actor
Arthur Stenning Actor
Aileen Haley Hostess
Violet Seton Bartender's Wife
Stanley Orr English Captain
Martin Ashe Sergeant in Chinese Restaurant
Earl Schenck Col. Sykes
Eve Whitney Powerhouse Girl
Maurice Murphy Capt. Robertson
Gibson Gowland Bartender
John Whitney Officer in Heaven
Ernest Severn Davy
Raymond Severn Cyril
Addison Richards Maj. Corbett
Christopher Severn Peter
Kirk Alyn Officer In Heaven
John Frederick Lieutenant Ridley
Irving Bacon Corporal
Philip Van Zandt Majors
William Bishop Ray
Marshall Reed Flyer
Mark Daniels Lieutenant
Peter Cookson Sgt. Hanson
Jacqueline White Helen
Blake Edwards Flyer
Frank Faylen Major
James Millican Orderly
Walter Sande Mess Sergeant
Kay Williams Girl at Bar
Matt Willis Lieutenant Hunter
Edward Hardwicke George
Gertrude W. Hoffman Old Woman

Technical Credits
Victor Fleming Director
David Boehm Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
George Folsey Cinematographer
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Donald Jahraus Special Effects
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Everett J. Riskin Producer
Chandler Sprague Screenwriter
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Frank Sullivan Editor
Dalton Trumbo Screenwriter
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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