The year was 1944. Overseas, the war raged. Back home, a war-torn population suffered the loss of loved ones. Along came A Guy Named Joe -- a fanciful, heart-warming tale based on the legend that pilots never die but return to guide fledgling airmen -- and the public welcomed it with open arms. Charming, daredevil hero Spencer Tracy, lauded by Daily Variety as "magnificent in every phase of his performance," stars with Irene Dunne, Van Johnson, Ward Bond and Esther Williams. Director Victor Fleming (Gone With the Wind) previously teamed with Tracy in 1937's Captains Courageous -- for which Tracy received a Best Actor Oscar . Dalton Trumbo, another Academy Award -winner* wrote the fine script. With its masterful mix of fantasy and reality, it comes as no surprise that A Guy Named Joe is an all-time film favorite. See for yourself. *1956: Best Motion Picturre Story -- The Brave One.