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Wings in the Dark(1935)

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Skywriter and stuntflyer Sheila Mason meets ace pilot Ken Gordon as he is about to perfect his automatic pilot, which would enable people to fly "blind." When the government denies him a permit to make a blind flight, Ken is despondent until Sheila convinces him to make the flight anyway. While Ken heats coffee for the flight, the stove explodes and he is blinded. Overcome with self-pity and a sense of failure, Ken becomes a recluse until Sheila brings him "Lightning," a Seeing Eye dog. Ken writes aviation articles in order to make some money, but unknown to him, receives only rejection notices from publishers. Sheila, meanwhile, performs dangerous stunts arranged by her manager, Nick Williams, and gives her paychecks to Ken, telling him they are his royalties in order to build his ego. Finally, Ken returns to the confident and productive man he was before his blindness and nearly perfects his auto pilot when Rockwell Aviation Company repossesses his plane for delinquent payments. That night, Ken and Sheila kiss for the first time. In the morning, when Ken finds his plane missing, he accuses Sheila of being affectionate out of pity. She admits she paid his royalties, but assures him of her love. Ken rejects her, and she makes a solo flight from New York to Moscow in order to win the $25,000 remuneration so she and Ken can marry. As Sheila nears Roosevelt Field, where Rockwell stores its planes, Ken takes off in his plane to help her land through the thick fog. Over the radio waves, Ken and Sheila swear their love, and he tells her he has lost his courage for living and will fly until he meets his death. As they land, Sheila purposefully collides into Ken's plane, forcing him to stay on the ground. As the lovers greet the public and the press, Ken sees flashes of light.