Chain Lightning (1950)


“How do you want it Willis, the easy way or the hard way?” – Lt. Col. Matthew “Matt” Brennan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A former Air Force pilot is hired to become a test pilot for the supersonic jets.

My Take on it – This is yet another Humphrey Bogart film that I knew nothing about before coming across it in my recent endeavor to try and expand my knowledge of his film work.

The film’s plot and story is done quite well even though it was probably much more enjoyable when it was originally released since the theme dealt with were less familiar to people than they are now.

The film has some very big plot holes that are easy to see if you are somewhat knowledgeable about the space race and the work of test pilots in the 50’s.

Bogart does a fine job in the lead even though certain aspects of his character fall a bit short and aren’t presented well enough.

The chemistry that he has with costar Eleanor Parker is lukewarm at best and fails to make us really believe their relationship.

The film’s special effects are quite impressive for its time even if by today’s standards are very sub par.

Bottom Line – Interesting film that was probably much more enjoyable when it came out due to the various plot holes which are now more apparent. Bogart is fine in the lead, but certain aspects of his character fall short.  His chemistry with Parker is lukewarm and doesn’t work as well as one might hope.  The effects used in this film work especially when taking into consideration the level and advancement of effects.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Humphrey Bogart’s character was in the 323rd bomb squadron that flew out of Bassingbourn Air Base. This base was given to the USAAF (United States Army Air Force) by the RAF (Royal Air Force) as the first home of the B-17’s in the United Kingdom. This base was the home of The Memphis Belle and was visited by the royal family on two occasions. Clark Gable even flew out of Bassingbourn once, though he was not stationed here during his tour as a side gunner. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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