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Tail Spin
Tail Spin
(a.k.a. Tailspin) is a 1939 aviation film. The screenplay was written by Frank Wead
Frank Wead
and directed by Roy Del Ruth.[1] It was based on the book, "Women with Wings: A novel of the modern day aviatrix" (Ganesha Publishing, 1935), authored by Genevieve Haugen, who was also an advisor and stunt pilot in the film. Tail Spin
Tail Spin
starred Alice Faye, Constance Bennett, Nancy Kelly, Joan Davis, Charles Farrell and Jane Wyman.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Reception 5 References

5.1 Notes 5.2 Bibliography

6 External links


Nancy Kelly

Trixie Lee (Alice Faye) takes a leave of absence from her job as a Hollywood hat-check girl to pursue her career as an aviatrix. She and partner Babe Dugan (Joan Davis) enter an air race from Los Angeles to Cleveland, but an oil leak causes their aircraft to crash. Navy flyer Tex Price (Kane Richmond) helps with their engine. Meanwhile, steel mogul T.P. Lester (Harry Davenport) indulges the ambition of his daughter Gerry (Constance Bennett) to fly in the Powder Puff national race. Gerry is also Tex's ex. Trixie wants to win both Tex and the race, so she and Babe do everything they can to discourage Gerry or sabotage her chances. In the sky during the Powder Puff race, the superior aircraft Gerry owns is winning, but she pretends to have engine failure so Trixie can win. Knowing that she misjudged Gerry all along, Trixie steps aside as Tex and Gerry get back together. Cast[edit]

Alice Faye
Alice Faye
as Trixie Lee Constance Bennett
Constance Bennett
as Gerry Lester Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly
as Lois Allen Joan Davis
Joan Davis
as Babe Dugan Charles Farrell
Charles Farrell
as Bud Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
as Alabama Kane Richmond as Lt. Dick "Tex" Price Wally Vernon
Wally Vernon
as Chick Joan Valerie as Sunny Edward Norris as Speed Allen J. Anthony Hughes as Al Moore Harry Davenport as T. P. Lester Mary Gordon as Mrs. Lee

Production[edit] Tail Spin
Tail Spin
centered on the "Powder Puff Derby" that was part of the 1939 Cleveland Air Races. Some of the crashes in the race were incorporated in the production. The aerial photography was directed by noted Hollywood film pilot Paul Mantz.[2] Reception[edit] In order to publicize Tail Spin, the studio sent a bevy of starlets that accompanied a group of women flyers on a tour of 25 key cities.[2] In his review for The New York Times, Frank S. Nugent saw a winning formula, "... thoroughly competent job of movie-making. It is constructed on a simple formula: every time the picture is about to crash, Mr. Zanuck crashes a couple of planes instead. And, though in retrospect the story seems to be strewn with the wreckage from these artistic emergencies, what possible solution to any dramatic imbroglio could be quicker and cleaner to the participants, more exciting or more spectacular to the onlookers than a good old-fashioned airplane crash?" He also knew that the attraction of women pilots would be a hit with audiences.[3] Film critic Leonard Maltin's later review was more critical, "Hackneyed saga of female flyers, with Faye (in a change-of-pace role) having to scrounge for pennies and face competition from socialite/aviatrix Bennett. Written by Frank "Spig" Wead."[4] References[edit] Notes[edit]

^ "Tail Spin." Monthly Film Bulletin (via ProQuest), January 1, 1939. Retrieved: September 29, 2014. ^ a b Pendo 1985, p. 145. ^ Nugent, Frank S. "Movie review: 'Tail Spin' at Roxy." The New York Times]], February 11, 1939. ^ Maltin, Leonard. " Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin
Movie Review: 'Tail Spin' (1939)." Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved: July 7, 2015.


Pendo, Stephen. Aviation
in the Cinema. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1985. ISBN 0-8-1081-746-2.

External links[edit]

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at the TCM Movie Database Tail Spin
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on IMDb Tail Spin
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at AllMovie Tail Spin
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at the American Film Institute Catalog

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Films directed by Roy Del Ruth

The Cat's Meow (1924) Eve's Lover (1925) Three Weeks in Paris (1925) Hogan's Alley (1925) The Man Upstairs (1926) The Little Irish Girl (1926) Footloose Widows
Footloose Widows
(1926) Across the Pacific (1926) Wolf's Clothing (1927) The First Auto
The First Auto
(1927) If I Were Single
If I Were Single
(1927) Ham and Eggs at the Front (1927) Powder My Back (1928) Conquest (1928) Five and Ten Cent Annie (1928) The Terror (1928) Beware of Bachelors
Beware of Bachelors
(1928) The Desert Song (1929) The Hottentot
The Hottentot
(1929) Gold Diggers of Broadway
Gold Diggers of Broadway
(1929) The Aviator (1929) Hold Everything (1930) The Second Floor Mystery
The Second Floor Mystery
(1930) Three Faces East (1930) The Life of the Party (1930) Divorce Among Friends
Divorce Among Friends
(1930) My Past (1931) The Maltese Falcon (1931) Side Show (1931) Blonde Crazy
Blonde Crazy
(1931) Taxi!
(1932) Winner Take All (1932) Blessed Event
Blessed Event
(1932) Beauty and the Boss
Beauty and the Boss
(1932) The Mind Reader
The Mind Reader
(1933) Employees' Entrance
Employees' Entrance
(1933) Captured!
(1933) Bureau of Missing Persons
Bureau of Missing Persons
(1933) Lady Killer (1933) Upper World (1934) Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934) Kid Millions
Kid Millions
(1934) Broadway Melody of 1936
Broadway Melody of 1936
(1935) Folies Bergère de Paris (1935) Thanks a Million
Thanks a Million
(1935) Private Number (1936) It Had to Happen (1936) Born to Dance
Born to Dance
(1936) On the Avenue
On the Avenue
(1937) Broadway Melody of 1938
Broadway Melody of 1938
(1937) Tail Spin
Tail Spin
(1939) The Star Maker (1939) Here I Am a Stranger
Here I Am a Stranger
(1939) He Married His Wife (1940) Topper Returns
Topper Returns
(1941) The Chocolate Soldier (1941) Maisie Gets Her Man
Maisie Gets Her Man
(1942) DuBarry Was a Lady (1943) Broadway Rhythm
Broadway Rhythm
(1944) Barbary Coast Gent
Barbary Coast Gent
(1944) It Happened on Fifth Avenue
It Happened on Fifth Avenue
(1947) The Babe Ruth Story
The Babe Ruth Story
(1948) Red Light (1949) Always Leave Them Laughing
Always Leave Them Laughing
(1949) The West Point Story (1950) On Moonlight Bay (1951) Starlift
(1951) About Face (1952) Stop, You're Killing Me
Stop, You're Killing Me
(1952) Three Sailors and a Girl
Three Sailors and a Girl
(1953) Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954) The Alligator People
The Alligator People
(1959) Why Must I Die?
Why Must I Die?

v t e

Darryl F. Zanuck


Old San Francisco
Old San Francisco
(1927) The First Auto
The First Auto
(1927) The Jazz Singer
The Jazz Singer
(1927) Tenderloin (1928) The Show of Shows
The Show of Shows
(1929) Three Faces East (1930) The Doorway to Hell
The Doorway to Hell
(1931) Little Caesar (1931) Illicit (1931) The Public Enemy
The Public Enemy
(1931) The Man Who Played God (1932) The Rich Are Always with Us
The Rich Are Always with Us
(1932) Doctor X (1932) Life Begins (1932) The Cabin in the Cotton
The Cabin in the Cotton
(1932) Three on a Match
Three on a Match
(1932) 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
20,000 Years in Sing Sing
(1932) Parachute Jumper
Parachute Jumper
(1933) 42nd Street (1933) The Working Man' (1933) Ex-Lady
(1933) The Bowery (1933) Blood Money (1933) Moulin Rouge (1934) Looking for Trouble
Looking for Trouble
(1934) Born to Be Bad (1934) Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934) The Mighty Barnum (1934) Folies Bergère de Paris (1935) Les Misérables (1935) Cardinal Richelieu (1935) Call of the Wild (1935) Metropolitan (1935) Thanks a Million
Thanks a Million
(1935) The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935) Professional Soldier (1935) The Prisoner of Shark Island
The Prisoner of Shark Island
(1936) It Had to Happen (1936) A Message to Garcia (1936) Under Two Flags (1936) The Road to Glory
The Road to Glory
(1936) Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) Sing, Baby, Sing (1936) Pigskin Parade
Pigskin Parade
(1936) Seventh Heaven (1937) Slave Ship (1937) Wee Willie Winkie (1937) Wake Up and Live (1937) Thin Ice (1937) Lancer Spy
Lancer Spy
(1937) In Old Chicago
In Old Chicago
(1937) Happy Landing (1938) International Settlement (1938) Kentucky Moonshine Always Goodbye
Always Goodbye
(1938) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) Just Around the Corner (1938) Little Miss Broadway
Little Miss Broadway
(1938) My Lucky Star (1938) Submarine Patrol
Submarine Patrol
(1938) Jesse James (1939) Tail Spin
Tail Spin
(1939) Wife, Husband and Friend
Wife, Husband and Friend
(1939) The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
(1939) Rose of Washington Square
Rose of Washington Square
(1939) Stanley and Livingstone
Stanley and Livingstone
(1939) The Rains Came
The Rains Came
(1939) Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) Swanee River (1939) The Little Princess (1939) The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Little Old New York
Little Old New York
(1940) The Man I Married (1940) The Return of Frank James (1940) Brigham Young (1940) Down Argentine Way
Down Argentine Way
(1940) The Mark of Zorro (1940) Hudson's Bay (1941) Tobacco Road (1941) The Great American Broadcast
The Great American Broadcast
(1941) Blood and Sand (1941) A Yank in the R.A.F.
A Yank in the R.A.F.
(1941) How Green Was My Valley (1942) Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942) Sex Hygiene
Sex Hygiene
(Short) (1942) To the Shores of Tripoli
To the Shores of Tripoli
(1942) This Above All (1942) Thunder Birds (1942) The Purple Heart
The Purple Heart
(1944) Wilson (1944) Winged Victory (1944) The Razor's Edge (1946) Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Fury at Furnace Creek
Fury at Furnace Creek
(1948) The Snake Pit
The Snake Pit
(1948) Pinky (1949) Twelve O'Clock High
Twelve O'Clock High
(1949) No Way Out (1950) All About Eve
All About Eve
(1950) David and Bathsheba (1951) People Will Talk
People Will Talk
(1951) Viva Zapata!
Viva Zapata!
(1952) The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) The Egyptian (1954) The View from Pompey's Head
The View from Pompey's Head
(1955) The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) Island in the Sun (1957) The Sun Also Rises (1957) The Roots of Heaven (1958) Crack in the Mirror
Crack in the Mirror
(1960) Sanctuary (1961) The Big Gamble (1961) The Longest Day (1962) The Chapman Report
The Chapman Report
(1962) The Visit (1964)


as Mark Canfield

The Desired Woman (1927) (story) Maybe It's Love
Maybe It's Love
(1930) Baby Face (1933) (story) Crack in the Mirror
Crack in the Mirror

as Melville Crossman

Tenderloin (story) (1928) State Street Sadie
State Street Sadie
(story) (1928) Thanks a Million
Thanks a Million
(story) (1935) A Yank in the R.A.F.
A Yank in the R.A.F.
(story) (1941) Thunder Birds (original story) (1942) China Girl (story) (1942) The Purple Heart
The Purple Heart
(story) (1944)

as Gregory Rogers

Find Your Man ( Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin
story) (1924) The Lighthouse by the Sea
The Lighthouse by the Sea
( Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin
story) (1924) Three Weeks in Paris (story, screenplay as Darryl Zanuck) (1925) The Midnight Taxi
The Midnight Taxi
(story) (1928)

as self

A Broadway Butterfly (1925) Red Hot Tires
Red Hot Tires
(1925) Hogan's Alley (1925) The Caveman
The Caveman
(scenario) (1926) The Little Irish Girl (adaptation) (1926) The Social Highwayman (1926) Footloose Widows
Footloose Widows
(1926) Across the Pacific (adaptation) (1926) The Better 'Ole (screenplay) (1926) Tracked by the Police
Tracked by the Police
( Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin
story) (1927) Old San Francisco
Old San Francisco
(1927) The First Auto
The First Auto
(story) (1927) Good Time Charley
Good Time Charley
(story) (1927) Noah's Ark (story) (1928) My Man (story) (1928) Hardboiled Rose
Hardboiled Rose
(story) (1929) Madonna of Avenue A
Madonna of Avenue A
(story) (1929) Say It with Songs
Say It with Songs
(story) (1929) The Life of the Party (1930) Little Caesar (story – uncredited) (1931) The Dark Horse (story) (1932) Lady Killer (story – uncredited) (1933) Folies Bergère de Paris (contributing writer – uncredited) (1935) G Men
G Men
(story) (1935) This Is My Affair
This Is My Affair
(story – uncredited) (1937) Alexander's Ragtime Band (contributing writer – uncredited) (1938) The Great Profile (story – uncredited) (1940) Ten Gentlemen from West Point
Ten Gentlemen from West Point


Virginia Fox
Virginia Fox
(wife) Richard D. Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
(son) Dean