The Lady Takes a Flyer

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

The Lady Takes a Flyer
Directed byJack Arnold
Produced byWilliam Alland
Screenplay byDanny Arnold
Based onstory by Edmund H. North
StarringLana Turner
Jeff Chandler
Music byHerman Stein
CinematographyIrving Glassberg
Edited bySherman Todd
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • January 30, 1958 (1958-01-30)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States


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]


A worthwhile novelization of the screenplay, illustrated with production stills, was written by American writer Edward S. Aarons (1916-1975) under the mild pseudonym Edward Ronns, published in a digest size, mass market, tie-in paperback edition by Avon Books (cover price 35¢) with copyright © 1958 assigned to the author (under his pseudonym) and photos copyright © 1958 to Universal Pictures Company, Inc. (Aarons is best known for his prolific "Assignment" espionage series, featuring agent Sam Durell.)


  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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