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Forced Landing (1941)

On faraway Mosaque, an American pilot finds that he is in a desperate struggle with a military officer intent on sabotaging a local fort.


Gordon Wiles


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Complete credited cast:
Richard Arlen ... Dan Kendall
Eva Gabor ... Johanna Van Deuren
J. Carrol Naish ... Andros Banshek
Nils Asther ... Colonel Jan Golas
Evelyn Brent ... Doctor Vidalek's Housekeeper
Mikhail Rasumny ... Christmas
Victor Varconi ... Hendrick Van Deuren
John Miljan ... General Valdane
Frank Yaconelli Frank Yaconelli ... Zomar - the Grocer
Harold Goodwin ... Petchnikoff
Thornton Edwards Thornton Edwards ... Felig - Rebel Lieutenant
Bobby Dillon Bobby Dillon ... Nando Banshek
John Gallaudet ... Major Xanders
Harry Worth ... Dr. Vidalek


Deliberately set in an imaginary country, American pilot Dan Kendall falls for an exotic foreigner, Johanna Van Deuren but finds he has to fight her fiancé, Col Golas. Released from military prison on a promise that he will fly for the country's civil airline. His first mission is to fly Van Deuren to a fort where her father has fallen ill and the workers are disgruntled and penniless. The payroll flight he promises brings Dan into conflict with Galos who has been sabotaging the flights to the fort. A final confrontation pits both men against each other with Johanna caught in the middle. A desperate struggle ends with Galos crashing and Dan finally able to wed his love. Written by Bill Zuk

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DICTATORS vs. AMERICAS in a thrill-filled battle for mastery of the skies! See more »


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Release Date:

11 July 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aterrissagem Forçada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The main aircraft appears to be a Fokker Universal. The make of the other aircraft, fitted with a machine gun firing through the windscreen, is not obvious. See more »


Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Music by Victor Young
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Action in the air and the jungle
29 March 2014 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

Richard Arlen starred in some 90 movies from 1930 through the mid-1950s. And, he made nearly twice as many films in his lifetime as most of the biggest stars during that same time – including Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Frederic March, Gregory Peck, James Stewart, and Spencer Tracy. Yet, Arlen is barely known today, while the names of these stars and others will long be remembered.

The main reason is because Arlen was a B-movie star, who cranked out half a dozen or more movies every year for Paramount and others as regular theater fodder. He was an attractive enough actor, and he had talent. He usually plays roles in which he is a self-assured, confident man. His career is an example of the difference one or two small breaks can have in an actor becoming a big-name star.

A lot of Arlen's films were of the action type – many involving flying. "Forced Landing" is such a film. Arlen was an RAF pilot in WW I, and a very accomplished flyer. His co-star in this movie is Eva Gabor, making her film debut. For those reasons, and an interesting plot, this movie is worth seeing. You'll have to overlook the poor production quality otherwise. And the terrain for this one might have it set anywhere from Mexico to South America. "Forced Landing" came out in July, 1941, and was made by Paramount – one of the big five Hollywood studios of the time. One can compare this film with some of the big films Paramount put out in the same period to see the difference in product quality. Look at "Hold Back the Dawn" also in 1941, starring Olivia de Havilland, Charles Boyer and Paulette Goddard. It had six Oscar nominations.

One very interesting fact about Arlen's career is that he was the star in "Wings," the 1929 silent film that won the very first Oscar for best picture. A co-star in that film was Gary Cooper, who would win the first of two Oscars the year after "Forced Landing" for "Sergeant York." Arlen never received a nomination throughout his career.

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