|Directed by||Roy Del Ruth|
|Produced by||Darryl F. Zanuck|
|Written by||Frank Wead|
|Music by||Louis Silvers|
|Edited by||Allen McNeil|
|Distributed by||Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation|
Tail Spin is a 1939 aviation film starring Alice Faye, Constance Bennett, Nancy Kelly, Joan Davis, Charles Farrell, and Jane Wyman. The screenplay was written by Frank Wead and directed by Roy Del Ruth. 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.
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 plane 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.
- Alice Faye as Trixie Lee
- Constance Bennett as Gerry Lester
- Nancy Kelly as Lois Allen
- Joan Davis as Babe Dugan
- Charles Farrell as Bud
- Jane Wyman as Alabama
- Kane Richmond as Lt. Dick "Tex" Price
- 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
- "Monthly Film Bulletin". ProQuest. January 1, 1939. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
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- Tail Spin at the Internet Movie Database
- Tail Spin at the TCM Movie Database
- Tail Spin at AllMovie
- Tail Spin at the American Film Institute Catalog
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