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Chain Lightning Reviews

Bogart, a bomber pilot in 1943, is in love with Parker, a Red Cross worker in Europe. Their relationship is broken when he's ordered back to the States once he's finished his requisite number of missions. A couple of years later, Bogart, now a free-lance pilot with Brown, attends a party tossed by Massey, whose secretary is, of course, Parker. The flame of love is rekindled, and Bogart is hired as a test pilot by Massey's firm. Whorf has designed a new plane for Massey, who wants to have it tested right away. Whorf is against it until certain safety precautions are refined, but Massey offers Bogart thirty thousand dollars to pilot the jet on a trip from Alaska to Washington, D.C., in a bold attempt at getting publicity for the plane so a government contract might be secured. The flight is a success. Whorf attempts to rig a better safety device and is killed. Bogart is depressed by Whorf's death and blames himself. He takes up a jet equipped with Whorf's as-yet-untried escape device, ejects himself from the cockpit and lands safely. The plane is a hit, Bogart nabs Parker, and the film ends joyously. Excellent special effects and fine model plane work highlight this fairly fast-paced film. Bogart doesn't get much of a chance to shine, nor does Parker, but Whorf is particularly good as the idealistic airplane designer, and Massey is, as ususal, his malevolent self. Baker, Massey's wife in the film, had a brief career in films and TV before settling down to be the wife of screenwriter Arthur Weiss (FLIPPER, etc.).