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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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)
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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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Desperately he courted death because he loved an unfaithful girl! 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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to an interview with William Wellman, Jr. in the special features for the DVD of "The High and the Mighty," his father used John Wayne as a stuntman in this film. See more »

Goofs

When the search plane first spots the wreckage, the mirror signal flash comes from off the right wing of the plane wreckage and across a stream. Seconds later as the pilot looks again, the mirror flash comes from directly in front of the nose of the plane wreckage. Since the crashed pilot was hurt and had to drag himself to the mirror, he couldn't have traveled that far in such a short time. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Sid Saga Part 2 (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Taps
(uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Played by a buglar when Bob Collins is laid to rest
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Good Aviation film
22 May 2006 | by (Santiago de Chile.) – See all my reviews

Very good "Precoder" starring Dick Barthelmess, which in a way, kind of reminded me of Hawks' "Only Angels Have Wings" (1939), in which Barthelmess also acted. This film was directed by masterful William Wellman, who was responsible for the landmark aviation Silent picture "Wings".

Barthelmess plays a devil-may-care airplane pilot, who is a blamed for an aviation accident. Afterwards he meets and falls for pretty Sally Eilers, who participates as part of an Act in an itinerant Air Circus; but when Barthelmess' brother appears in scene, a triangular relationship ensues.

"Central Airport" has many thrilling moments and some moving and touching scenes too, thanks to the great chemistry that develops between Barthelmess and Eilers (who, in my opinion, in this film resembles very much actress Dorothy Mackaill). Tom Brown is good as Barthelmess brother, fresh from his success in Wyler's "Tom Brown of Culver".

Great special effects, good flying stunts, swiftly paced film; in all, highly entertaining. Don't miss it when TCM airs it again.


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