Synopsis by Nicole Gagne
Producer/director William A. Wellman also co-scripted this biopic devoted to John J. Montgomery (Glenn Ford), the unsung 19th-century innovator of glider design. Montgomery's invention of a gold separator proves lucrative, but he pours its profits into financing his legal battles over patent infringement. The gliders created by Montgomery attract attention but no money, and he begins a relationship with Regina Cleary (Janet Blair), which helps sustain him. But when Montgomery becomes afflicted with vertigo and can no longer fly, he sickens and dies.
barnstorming, conflict, death, development, experiment, flight, flying, frontiersman, glider, gold, hardships, help, infamy, inventor, Jesuit, journey, lawsuit, loot, vertigo