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Night Flight (1933)

 -  Drama  -  6 October 1933 (USA)
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Polio breaks out in Rio de Janeiro, the serum is in Santiago and there's only one way to get the medicine where it's desperately needed: flown in by daring pilots who risk the treacherous weather and forbidding peaks of the Andes.

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Riviere
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Simone Fabian
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Jules Fabian
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Insp. Robineau
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Auguste Pellerin
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Wife of Brazilian Pilot
William Gargan ...
Brazilian Pilot
C. Henry Gordon ...
Daudet
Leslie Fenton ...
Jules' Radio Operator / Co-Pilot
Harry Beresford ...
Pierre Roblet
Frank Conroy ...
Radio Operator
Dorothy Burgess ...
Pellerin's Girlfriend
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Dr. Decosta
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Worried Mother
Buster Phelps ...
Sick Child
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Polio breaks out in Rio de Janeiro, the serum is in Santiago and there's only one way to get the medicine where it's desperately needed: flown in by daring pilots who risk the treacherous weather and forbidding peaks of the Andes.

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Nachtflug  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The first MGM film to have a producer credit. See more »

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During opening credits, the film title is done as "sky writing" by an airplane, and the plane is just finishing the last "T" on "flight". See more »

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How Dry I Am
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Sung by Robert Montgomery and Dorothy Burgess
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Deservedly unknown even with such a cast
13 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is quite possibly the least known and seen all-star cast film in film history. But deservedly so. At the time it was made, films about airplanes and pilots were all the rage. Unfortunately, the source material (the Saint-Exupery 1931 novel of the same title) has been closely adapted; a rare thing for Hollywood, but not a good one in this case. As in the novel, much is made of the sensual thrill of being up there in the clouds, so we get lots of awestruck words and reactions from the Barrymores, Gargan and Montgomery. It's all very dated now, with a simple story of flyers delivering mail across South America at top speed, through treacherous conditions, whipped onward by company boss John Barrymore. Barrymore is strong, as usual, but his older brother Lionel, as a foreman, is so hunched-over and drab that he brings the picture down in every scene he's in. And the disconnectedness of the characters is noticeably bad for a major studio film. Gable and Loy are husband and wife, but they never have a scene together. In fact, Gable is never seen outside of his airplane's cockpit! Montgomery's part is even smaller. A shocking waste of talent. The only element not in the novel but added to the film is actually the best thing in it: A sick child's need for medicine that only the speed of an aircraft can bring in time.


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