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Central Airport (1933)

Unrated | | Drama | 15 April 1933 (USA)
Aviator Jim Blaine and his brother Neil are rivals not only as daredevil flyers, but also for the love of parachutist Jill Collins.

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Jill Collins
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Neil 'Bud' Blaine
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Mr. Blaine
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Eddie Hughes
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Mrs. Blaine
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Havana Airport Manager
Arthur Vinton ...
Amarillo Airport Manager
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Man in Wreck (scenes deleted)
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Robert W. Craig ...
Chef (scenes deleted)
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Swarthy Man (scenes deleted)
Milton Kibbee ...
Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Commercial pilot Jim Blair is blackballed after his plane crashes in a thunderstorm. Depressed, he begins working as a bank teller until he meets beautiful Jill Collins, a barnstorming parachutist working with her daredevil pilot brother. Jim's immediately attracted, and when her brother's killed in a freak crash, he reveals his past to her and volunteers to replace her dead sibling in their air carnival act. As they tour throughout the Southwest, their affection turns physically intimate when they're on the road as they characteristically sleep in adjoining hotel rooms. Jill wants marriage but is resisted by Jim, who believes that his risky lifestyle precludes the luxury of a wife and family. When Jim's brother Bud joins them, he too is immediately attracted to Jill but respects his brother's relationship, However, after another freak accident puts Jim in the hospital for a prolonged convalescence, Jim returns to find them married and in bed together. Angry and bitter, he becomes a ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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A Man's Courage and a Woman's Faith Put to the Supreme Test See more »

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Certificate:

Unrated
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Release Date:

15 April 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aeropuerto Central  »

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Budget:

$356,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

A note on file in the AMPAS library says that John Vosper replaced Charles Sellon, J. Carrol Naish replaced Harold Huber and Russ Powell replaced Robert W. Craig. See more »

Goofs

When the camera moves from a position between Sally Eilers' and Richard Barthelmess' hotel rooms to the left, her room can be seen from his, revealing the missing fourth wall of the set. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Havana Airport Manager: [as Jim flies off] there goes one of the greatest flyers that ever stepped behind the stick!
Neil 'Bud' Blaine: Yeah, and the greatest gut that ever lived!
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Referenced in The Sid Saga Part 2 (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me
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Music by Harry Warren
Whistled by Tom Brown
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Spectacular flying scenes compensate for weak romantic triangle...
12 March 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

William Wellman knew his stuff when it came to airplanes and proof of this are the early scenes in CENTRAL AIRPORT when Richard Barthelmess witnesses a stunt flier going through some dangerous routines alongside an onrushing train. We later find out that the flier is Richard's brother (played by Tom Brown).

But the numerous flying scenes are the only compensation in this pre-code aviation drama about two brothers in love with the same woman (Sally Eilers), herself a stunt pilot for a circus. And there's a "meet cute" scene when she and Bartholomess first meet and she's stuck in her parachute atop a tree limb. Unfortunately, their story goes downhill from this point with some racy pre-code scenes thrown in during their bumpy romance.

However, the story of two brothers in love with the same girl is tired stuff, used so often by Warner Brothers that it became a big cliché in films like "Wings of the Navy" ('39) where Navy pilots George Brent and John Payne both love Olivia de Havilland.

The book "Warner Brothers Presents" sums up CENTRAL AIRPORT in one sentence: "Airplane stuff well done, despite deficiencies in every other department."


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