The Lady Takes a Flyer

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The Lady Takes a Flyer
The Lady Takes a Flyer poster.jpg
Directed by Jack Arnold
Produced by William Alland
Written by Danny Arnold
Based on story by Edmund H. North
Starring Lana Turner
Jeff Chandler
Richard Denning
Music by Henry Mancini Heinz
Roemheld Herman Stein
Cinematography Irving Glassberg
Edited by Sherman Todd
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • January 30, 1958 (1958-01-30)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Lady Takes a Flyer is a 1958 American romantic drama film made by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Jack Arnold, and written by Danny Arnold, based on story by Edmund H. North.


Daredevil pilot Mike Dandridge goes into a business partnership with flight-school pal Al Reynolds and meets Maggie Colby, who's also a pilot.

The two flyers take cargo to Japan, where they become romantically involved. Al is best man at their wedding, then joins the Air Force.

Mike hires new pilot Nikki Taylor and might be having an affair with her during business trips while Maggie stays home with their new baby. Maggie decides to fly a shipment herself and let Mike care of their daughter for a change. He and co-pilot Phil take a risk by bringing the baby along on a flight to London. Their plane has difficulty landing in a fog, angering Maggie, whose own plane barely got there safely. But at least Mike and Maggie are brought closer by the experience.



The film was based on an original screenplay, originally known as Pilots for Hire, then Lion in the Sky. It was the first of a two picture deal Turner had with Universal.[1] It was also known as Wild and Wonderful.[2]

Filming started in April 1957.[3]


  1. ^ UNIVERSAL SUES ACTOR IT OUSTED: Studio Charges O. W. Fischer With Contract Breach in Filming of 'Godfrey' Huxley to Work on Cartoon By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 21 Feb 1957: 30
  2. ^ Busy Lana Turner Recalls When She Was Little Jodie: Lana Turner Recalls When She Was Just Little Jodie Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 15 Sep 1957: E1.
  3. ^ Denning Joins Cast of 'Lady Takes Flyer' Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 13 Apr 1957: B2.

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