A Marine flyer and his flight school mentor fall for the same beautiful nurse.


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A Marine flyer and his flight school mentor fall for the same beautiful nurse.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The First All-Talking Air Drama







Release Date:

1930 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Flieger  »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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My Mammy
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Sung a bit a cappella by Ralph Graves
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27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Flight (1929)

** (out of 4)

Frank Capra directed this early talkie about two buddies (Jack Holt, Ralph Graves) in the Navy Air Corps who fall in love with the same woman (Lila Lee). This film runs nearly two hours and one of those hours are brilliant but it's spread across the entire running time. The flight and war sequences are simply brilliant with a lot of realistic action and some breathtaking footage of the planes in the air. Had Capra only shown that stuff then this could have been another masterpiece from the director but sadly we get a stupid love story to drag everything down. Jack Holt is brilliant in his role adding a lot of humor to the part but Graves, who co-wrote the story, doesn't fair as well. Lila Lee is cute in her part but she's certainly not the greatest actress out there.

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