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Test Pilot (1938)




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In this film, Clark Gable plays a courageous test pilot, who compromises his achievements with his frequent bouts of drinking. While testing a new aircraft, Gable is forced to land on a Midwestern farm, where he meets and falls in love with Myrna Loy.


Clark Gable
as Jim Lane
Myrna Loy
as Ann Barton
Spencer Tracy
as Gunner Sloane
Lionel Barrymore
as Howard B. Drake
Samuel S. Hinds
as Gen. Ross
Arthur Ayleswofth
as Frank Barton
Claudia Coleman
as Mrs. Barton
Gloria Holden
as Mrs. Benson
Marjorie Main
as Landlady
Dudley Clements
as Mr. Brown
Byron Foulger
as Designer
Frank Jaquet
as Motor Expert
Roger Converse
as Advertising Man
Dorothy Vaughan
as Fat Woman
Billy Engle
as Little Man
Brent Sargent
as Movie Leading Man
Mary Howard
as Movie Leading Woman
Douglas McPhail
as Singing Pilot in Cafe
Forbes Murray
as Pilots in Cafe
Richard Tucker
as Pilots in Cafe
Don Douglas
as Pilots in Cafe
Hudson Shotwell
as Pilots in Cafe
James Flavin
as Pilots in Cafe
Hooper Atchley
as Pilots in Cafe
Dick Winslow
as Pilots in Cafe
Ray Walker
as Pilots in Cafe
Frank Sully
as Pilots in Cafe
Tom O'Grady
as Bartender
Syd Saylor
as Boss Leader
Wally Maher
as Mechanic
Richard Kipling
as Floorwalker
Arthur Stuart Hull
as Floorwalker
Charles Sullivan
as Field Mechanic
Ernie Alexander
as Field Mechanic
Buddy Messinger
as Field Mechanic
Nick Copeland
as Drake Mechanic
Donald Kerr
as Drake Mechanic
Tom Rutherford
as Photographer
James Donlan
as Photographer
Phillip Terry
as Photographer
Robert Fiske
as Attendant
Jack Cheatham
as Attendant
Alonzo Price
as Weatherman
Mitchell Ingraham
as N.A.A. Official
Frank Du Frane
as N.A.A. Official
Cyril Ring
as N.A.A. Official
Bobby Caldwell
as Benson Child
Marilyn Spinner
as Benson Child
Tommy Tucker
as Benson Child
Fay Holden
as Saleslady
Estelle Etterre
as Saleslady
Ken Barton
as Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Test Pilot

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Test Pilot is an actioner against a new approach to the aviation theme, fortified by a strong romance.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

An exciting and expert air drama combined with an honest human story.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the best Hollywood aviation dramas.

January 30, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Myrna Loy's favorite movie role.

August 16, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Combining adventure, melodrama, and thrilling aerial sequences, Victor Fleming's film is a typical MGM star vehicle of the Depression, showing to an advantage the charisma of Gable, Tracy, and Myrna Loy.

March 6, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Super MGM WWII actioner + tear jerker.

December 8, 2006 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for Test Pilot

Not a great film but not one easily dismissed either. Gable and Tracy are charming as is Myrna Loy. Silly 30s fare to see on a rainy day.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Good cast, but the movie is too long and boring.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


There is no better on screen duo in the 30's better than Gable and Tracy. These two are instant magic when they are together. Throw in Myrna Loy and you have a very fun movie with 3 actors at the top of their game.The film is about a test pilot(Gable) and his trusty mechanic(Tracy) who meet a girl(Loy) and how the strain of a test pilot's life affects them all.The film is a little long,but the action is well done.The acting is the main reason to watch this film, and if your are a fan of the big three, then you will have a good time.

cody franklin
cody franklin

Super Reviewer

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