God Is My Co-Pilot

Andrea King and Dennis Morgan in "God Is My Co-Pilot," Warner Bros., 1945.

Andrea King and Dennis Morgan in “God Is My Co-Pilot,” Warner Bros., 1945.

After Andrea King received rave notices for her very first featured role at Warner Bros. in 1944’s “The Very Thought of You,” things began to happen very quickly for the promising young actress. She was thrown into a string of back-to-back films, and the studio’s well-tuned, star-making process began. One of those projects was the wartime drama “God Is My Co-Pilot” (Warner Bros., 1945), in which she played opposite Dennis Morgan as his hometown sweetheart and wife. The film was based on the real-life heroic adventures of Col. Robert L. Scott and his Fighting Tigers squadron that had recently claimed a huge victory overseas assisting China’s battle against the Japanese. Col. Scott had penned his memoirs rather quickly in a best-seller with the same title, and Warners purchased the film rights and began production immediately.

The original one-sheet poster for "God Is My Co-Pilot," 1945.

The original one-sheet poster for “God Is My Co-Pilot,” 1945.

The film was directed by Robert Florey, who would later guide Andrea’s starring turn in the gothic classic “The Beast With Five Fingers.” The primary action took place overseas, and featured an ensemble cast of male performers that were the cream of the crop at the studio: Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, Dane Clark, Craig Stevens and Warren Douglas. But it was Andrea’s portrayal of Catherine Scott, the small-town wife, that brought the movie back home to the “Main Streets” of America and gave it its heart.

Gigi Perreau, Dennis Morgan and Andrea King on the cover of Movie Story Magazine, March 1945.

Gigi Perreau, Dennis Morgan and Andrea King on the cover of Movie Story Magazine, March 1945.

“God Is My Co-Pilot” was a monumental success for Warner Bros. In fact, it became one of the studio’s highest grossing pictures for the year 1945.


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