Flight for Freedom (1943): Rosalind Russell as Amelia Earhart

Rosalind Russell played flyer Tonie Carter in this thinly disguised version of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart during her 1937 around-the-world flight.

Carter/Earhart is in love with reckless yet feckless fellow-flyer Fred MacMurray. She is asked by the Navy to fake an accident during her flight and thereby provide an excuse for a search that would enable Naval reconnaissance of suspected Japanese fortifications in the South Pacific.

On her flight, Carter herself spots the fortifications but also discovers that the Japanese are on to her ruse.  She bravely crashes her plane to make the Navy search possible.

RKO didn’t confirm or deny that the movie was based on the story of Miss Earhart, but they did pay her husband George Palmer Putnam, $7,500 for his permission to make the film.


Oscar Nominations: 1

Interior Decoration (b/w): Albert S. DÁgostino and Carroll Clark, art direction; Darell Silvera and Harley Miller, set decoration.


Oscar Context:

The winner of b/w Interior Decoration was The Song of Bernadette.



Rosalind Russell

Fred MacMurray

Herbert Marshall

Edward Ciannelli

Walter Kingsford

Damian O’Flynn

Jack Carr

Matt McHugh

Richard Loo

Charles Lung




Release date: April 15, 1943

RKO.. Produced by David Hempstead.

Directed by Lothar Mendes.

Screenplay by Oliver H.P. Garrett and S.K. Lauren..

Adaptation by Jan Murfin, based on a story by Horace McCoy.