Flight Command (1940) starring Robert Taylor, Walter Pidgeon, Ruth Hussey, Red Skelton
I originally watched Flight Command because it was one of Red Skelton‘s earliest movie roles — which is technically true; Red’s in the film as part of the Hellcats squadron, acting as the class clown, but he’s definitely a secondary character. Flight Command is primarily about a brash young pilot, Alan Drake (played by Robert Taylor) who’s recruited straight out of college to join the premier squad of Navy Hellcats. He has trouble fitting in at first, although the flight commander (played by a young and dashing Walter Pidgeon) tries to help — as does the commander’s wife (played by Ruth Hussey). There’s a suspected romantic triangle between Drake and the commander’s wife (which was only him trying to console her on the death of her brother) — but all turns out well in the end.
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Movie quotes from Flight Command
Mugger (Red Skelton): I know a lieutenant who said “no” to an Admiral once.
Pilot: What happened to him?
Mugger (Red Skelton): Nothin’ — he’s still a lieutenant. He’s always gonna be a lieutenant!
Pilot: It’s all then? Then what’re we talking about?
Mugger (Red Skelton):: Well, we gotta talk about something!
[being introducing to the other Hellcats] Pilot: This is Rhodes.
Alan Drake: Dusty Rhodes?
Rhodes: To a sailor, all roads are dusty. [laughs]
Mugger (Red Skelton): Wait a minute, I’m confused — I thought we were doing the ribbing?
Mugger (Red Skelton): We’ll get him on the range, and see if he shoots a gun as well as his mouth.