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William Collier Jr.
Aerial shots of the actors were taken from real planes, without trick photography. However, Jack Holt's plane crashed during filming, causing minor injuries. Deliberate airplane crashes were done with models. See more »
When Lefty Phelps is polishing an aircraft, Sergeant Williams calls to him by yelling "Hey, soldier!" As both men are US Marines, the sergeant would not have addressed him that way. Soldiers are members of the US Army and a Marine would actually consider that remark to be an insult. See more »
[On the Nicaraguan rebels]
You know damn well what's going to happen if these people come along and catch you alive.
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Frank Capra made three films with the same two actors, Jack Holt and Ralph Graves, probably in an effort to establish the male buddy film. It would take James Cagney and Pat O'Brien to get that genre off the ground. Flight is the second of those three Graves/Holt films and the first one in sound.
It also has the same kind of roughhouse humor that would characterize the work of John Ford. In fact if you didn't know this was an early Capra film, you'd swear Ford did it.
Flight is certainly a film from the headlines of the day. It begins with college football hero Ralph Graves making a spectacular run in the Rose Bowl, the wrong way. Capra made no secret of it, he was at the Rose Bowl that year with Harry Cohn and saw Roy Rieggles playing for USC get turned around in eluding tacklers and made a spectacular run the wrong way and scored the margin of victory for Georgia Tech. The poor man never lived it down.
In fact Graves decides the Marine Corps is the place for blessed anonymity and he gets involved with aviation under the tutelage of Jack Holt. But the two of them have a falling out over nurse Lila Lees. Later on they see action in Nicaragua where the USA was maintaining a presence in hunting down those original Sandinistas.
The Marine aviators rescue a company of Marines in a Dienbienphu like situation with the Sandinistas. The battle scenes were very well staged.
Flight is not a typical Frank Capra film because Frank Capra had not found his style and type of story. Still it's a well made action film for the time.
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