Women in the Wind

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Women in the Wind
Directed by John Farrow
Produced by Bryan Foy
Written by George Bricker (contributing writer)
Lawrence Kimble (contributor to treatment)
Screenplay by Lee Katz
Albert DeMond
Based on Women in the Wind 1935 
by Francis Walton[1]
Starring Kay Francis
William Gargan
Victor Jory
Music by M.K. Jerome
Cinematography Sidney Hickox
Edited by Thomas Pratt
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • April 15, 1939 (1939-04-15)
Running time
65 min.
Country United States
Language English

Women in the Wind is a 1939 film directed by John Farrow.


The women's air derby from Los Angeles to Cleveland means a lot to young aviator Janet Steele (Kay Francis), who uses every trick in the book to persuade pilot Ace Boreman (William Gargan) to lend her his very fast plane.

Ace is reluctant, but Janet steals his craft to demonstrate her skill. He also learns that she is the sister of Bill Steele (Charles Anthony Hughes), a distinguished pilot.

Complications ensue when Ace's estranged wife, Frieda (Sheila Bromley), pops up to say their divorce is not yet final. The plane remains half-hers and Frieda intends to go after the derby's $15,000 first prize herself. Ace is able to convince his buddy Denny Corson (Eddie Foy, Jr.) to let Janet use his plane in the race.

Frieda is jealous of Janet and tries a number of ways to sabotage her trip. But when the landing gear on Janet's plane appears to fail, Frieda forfeits her own opportunity to win to help Janet, who is able to continue and triumph. The divorce decree becomes final, so Janet wins Ace as well as the race.



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