Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Duke

American Movie Channel is playing "Jet Pilot" (1957) in which John Wayne stars as a U.S. Air Force colonel who falls in love with and marries a Soviet pilot (Janet Leigh) who pretends to defect to the U.S.A. She's a big-time spy who dupes the Duke.

They have some sexy cat-and-mouse chases through the clouds in their jet fighters. At one point, they fly to Yuma, Arizona, to shack up, and the hotel man says he'll turn on the air-conditioning. They're all sweating. Hilarious.

Funny line in the film: She's a very stern Communist and the Duke is showing her some swimsuits on display at a retail store. She resists this bourgeois nonsense. The colonel points to the swimsuit top and says: "We both believe in uplifting the masses."

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