Shadow in the Sky
|Shadow in the Sky|
|Directed by||Fred M. Wilcox|
Lou and Betty Hopke, who own a gas station in California, feel that they owe help to Burt, an ex-Marine who has been confined to a veteran's hospital since the war. Lou is indebted for Burt's having saved his life in combat, and Burt is also Betty's brother.
Whenever it rains, Burt is stricken with terrible memories and panic attacks. Although they want to let Burt live in their home, Lou and Betty worry about his volatile behavior around their two young children.
Stella Murphy has met Burt at a hospital dance and urges him to find a home of his own. She wants him to move to Oregon with her and work on her grandfather's farm, but that region's rainy climate discourages him. Burt decides to invest in the Hopkes' gas station, causing an angry Stella to leave him.
Lou and Betty own a small boat, and their young son Chris keeps pleading with Burt to take him sailing. One day the boy stows away, and he and Burt are caught at sea in a raging storm. The boy falls overboard, but his cries of help remind him of how he saved Lou's life in another torrential downpour. He rescues the boy, after which everyone is assured that Burt is going to be all right.
The film was a major financial disaster despite its low cost. According to MGM records it earned $244,000 in the US and Canada and $76,000 elsewhere, making a loss to the studio of $644,000.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
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