|ROBOT PILOT (aka: EMERGENCY LANDING) (director: William Beaudine; screenwriter: based on the story by Martin E. Mooney/Martin E. Mooney; cinematographer: Jack Greenhalgh; editor: Robert Crandall; music: Lew Porter; cast: Forrest Tucker (Jerry Barton), Carol Hughes (Betty Lambert), Evelyn Brent (Maude Lambert), Emmett Vogan (Doc Williams), William Halligan (George Lambert), George Sherwood (Jones), Joaquin Edwards (Pedro), Stan Jolley (Karl), Stanley Price (Otto), Jack Lescoulie (Captain North), Paul Scott (Col. Lemon), Billy Curtis (Judge Gildersleeve, a midget); Runtime: 68; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Jed Buell; PRC; 1941)|
|"This is Forrest Tucker's second
film and first starring role."
by Dennis Schwartz
"One Shot" Beaudine ("The
Blonde Comet"/"Lucky Ghost"/"Desperate Cargo") directs
in his usual no-nonsense way this low-budget B film.
It's an aviation drama screwball comedy, that's based
on a story by Martin E. Mooney. This is Forrest
Tucker's second film and first starring role.
inventor, the middle-aged weather observer "Doc"
Williams (Emmett Vogan),
invents a model plane that is remotely controlled from
the ground and when installed in a plane can fly it
automatically. His young test pilot pal, Jerry Barton
(Forrest Tucker), gets his millionaire
aircraft owner boss George Lambert (William
Halligan) to observe a demo. But it crashes.
The demo is observed by foreign agents, who are
secretly employed at Lambert Aircraft. Meanwhile Jerry
and Doc return to Doc's secluded ranch to fix the
same time, Lambert's spoiled daughter, Betty (Carol
Hughes), tells her unhappy dad she's off
to Hollywood with her 'regular girl' Aunt Maude (Evelyn
Brent). The duo run out of gas in the
desert of Indian Springs, Arizona. The
ladies thereby steal petrol from a government
aerodrome beacon, but are caught by Jerry. He tows
their car to Doc's house. Behind Betty's back he
informs her dad by phone that he plans to teach his
haughty daughter a lesson in humility. Dad approves,
as Jerry arrange for Betty to do household chores to
avoid being arrested. Jerry has that power since he's
also a government agent.
When two foreign spies steal the latest Lambert bomber, it crashes in the desert and the surviving agent (Stan Jolley) ends up seeking help at Doc's place. He claims he was in an auto accident and needs a ride to a place where he can grab a bus to San Diego. The spy will take the ladies, fleeing the ranch, as hostages and steals Jerry's airplane to escape. But the robot model plane has been installed in the plane, and the inventor now gets it to work making it easy to land the plane. Everyone is safe, the bad guy is captured, the inventor gets a fat contract for his invention and both fellas end up with their respective girls.
REVIEWED ON 1/15/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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