Forced Landing (July 11, 1941)

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Richard Arlen in Forced Landing
 

Released on July 11, 1941: A pilot flying on a South Pacific Island falls for the girlfriend of the local Colonel who sends him on a suicide mission.

Directed by Gordon Wiles

The Actors: Richard Arlen (Dan Kendall), Eva Gabor (Johanna Van Deuren), J. Carrol Naish (Andros Banshek), Nils Asther (Colonel Jan Golas), Evelyn Brent (brunet who turns in Andros), Mikhail Rasumny (Christmas), Victor Varconi (Hendrick Van Deuren), John Miljan (the General), Frank Yaconelli (Zomar the grocer), Harold Goodwin (Petchnikoff the Russian pilot), Thornton Edwards (Felig, rebel Lieutenant), Bobby Dillon (Nando Banshek), John Gallaudet (Major Xanders), Harry Worth (Doctor Vidalek), Gino Corrado (Cousin Easter), Charles Stevens (native)

 

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Eva Gabor and Her Two Men

Ahhh, what a difference a few years makes! When I was a young teen in the mid 1960's one of my favorite television shows was Green Acres, about a big city lawyer and his dizzy blonde wife who gave up city life to live on a rural farm. The blonde wife was Eva Gabor, who was in her mid 50's at the time.

She was sophisticated and very attractive for a gal in her 50's, but not what a young teen fellow like me would label as a heart-throb. Now here I am, much older, and thanks to the magic of motion pictures there is Eva Gabor at 22 years of age, and all of a sudden she is a real hottie! What a difference a few years makes!

In this movie Eva Gabor is the young blonde in the center of a conflict between two men who both want her. We are on a jungle island in the Pacific at the beginning of World War II, and Richard Arlen is a rogue American pilot who is just wild enough to be unwelcome in the U.S. armed forces and finds himself flying on this small Pacific Island, where he meets the gorgeous Johanna Van Deuren (Eva Gabor).

Nils Asther is Colonel Jan Golas, our bad guy who is engaged to Eva Gabor. Very early in the movie both men face off and the bad blood between them will lead to a life-and-death struggle for Richard Arlen. When the Colonel sees that his woman is falling for the new pilot he decides to send the new fellow on a suicide mission to get rid of him.

Mixed in with this love triangle is the story of a rebel leader who fights against the tyrannical rule of the current government leaders. The bandit rebel leader Andros Banshek is played by veteran actor J. Carrol Naish who, even with his Italian accent that we know isn't from the South Pacific soon becomes one of my favorite characters in this tale of intrigue and murder. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with lots of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Richard Arlen and Eva Gabor
Richard Arlen and Eva Gabor
Bobby Dillon and J. Carrol Naish
Bobby Dillon and J. Carrol Naish
Eva Gabor, Mikhail Rasumny and Richard Arlen
Eva Gabor, Mikhail Rasumny and Richard Arlen
Eva Gabor and Richard Arlen flying the payroll to the remote mining operation
Eva Gabor and Richard Arlen flying the payroll to the remote mining operation
Eva Gabor plays Johanna Van Deuren in Forced Landing
Eva Gabor plays Johanna Van Deuren in Forced Landing
Eva Gabor flirts with Richard Arlen in the  bar
Eva Gabor flirts with Richard Arlen in the bar
Eva Gabor tells Richard Arlen that her engagement to the Colonel is off because she loves him
Eva Gabor tells Richard Arlen that her engagement to the Colonel is off because she loves him
Evelyn Brent spots the rebel leader and will turn him in to the authorities
Evelyn Brent spots the rebel leader and will turn him in to the authorities
Frank Yaconelli is Zomar the grocer who joins the rebel forces
Frank Yaconelli is Zomar the grocer who joins the rebel forces
J. Carrol Naish as Andros Banshek
J. Carrol Naish as Andros Banshek
J. Carrol Naish and Frank Yaconelli
J. Carrol Naish and Frank Yaconelli
J. Carrol Naish in Forced Landing
J. Carrol Naish in Forced Landing
John Gallaudet is Major Xanders
John Gallaudet is Major Xanders
John Miljan and Nils Asther in Forced Landing
John Miljan and Nils Asther in Forced Landing
Mikhail Rasumny and Richard Arlen
Mikhail Rasumny and Richard Arlen
Mikhail Rasumny as Christmas, the airplane mechanic
Mikhail Rasumny as Christmas, the airplane mechanic
Nils Asther as Colonel Jan Golas
Nils Asther as Colonel Jan Golas
Nils Asther in Forced Landing
Nils Asther in Forced Landing
Nils Asther tries to shoot down the plane with Richard Arlen and Eva Gabor in it
Nils Asther tries to shoot down the plane with Richard Arlen and Eva Gabor in it
Richard Arlen as pilot Dan Kendall
Richard Arlen as pilot Dan Kendall