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Release Date:
6 October 1933 (USA) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Barrymore ... Riviere

Helen Hayes ... Simone Fabian

Clark Gable ... Jules Fabian

Lionel Barrymore ... Insp. Robineau

Robert Montgomery ... Auguste Pellerin

Myrna Loy ... 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

Irving Pichel ... Dr. Decosta

Helen Jerome Eddy ... Worried Mother
Buster Phelps ... Sick Child
Ralf Harolde ... Pilot
Marcia Ralston ... Nightclub Vamp
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurice Black ... Nightclub Manager (uncredited)
Ed Brady ... Radio Operator on Telephone (uncredited)
Sidney D'Albrook ... Airport Office Employee (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Santiago Nurse (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Airport Office Employee (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman ... Airport Office Clerk (uncredited)

George Irving ... Santiago Doctor (uncredited)
Wallace MacDonald ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Airport Office Employee (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Radioman (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Radioman (uncredited)
Inez Palange ... Simone's Maid (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Airport Office Employee (uncredited)
Evelyn Selbie ... Mother in Window (uncredited)

Directed by
Clarence Brown 
Writing credits
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (novel "Vol de nuit")

Oliver H.P. Garrett  screenplay
Wells Root  uncredited

Produced by
Clarence Brown .... producer
David O. Selznick .... executive producer
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh 
Film Editing by
Hal C. Kern 
Art Direction by
Alexander Toluboff 
Cedric Gibbons (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Hobe Erwin .... interior decorator
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Robert Shirley .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Evan Unger .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Elmer Dyer .... aerial photography
Charles A. Marshall .... aerial photography (as Charles Marshall)
Eddie Fitzgerald .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Kyme Meade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Oscar Radin .... conductor
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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There was to have been a scene in which Clark Gable jumped out of a plane at an altitude of 25,000 feet. The stuntman Jim Unger, who was to double for Clark, passed out at 20,000 feet from lack of oxygen and the shot never got made.See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Not exactly Grand Hotel of the clouds ..., 9 October 2011
Author: calvinnme from United States

... but interesting and worthwhile just the same. MGM gives this story of early forays into night flight in South America the star treatment, but unfortunately we don't get to see most of these stars do what they do best - interact with one another. John Barrymore, as head of the night flight operation, spends most of his time robotically barking out orders or reproaches. Lionel Barrymore, as the inspector who gets no respect, is very good here, gets quite a bit of screen time, and winds up having a prolonged and interesting scene with Robert Montgomery who plays a young pilot displaying that devil-may-care attitude he was so good at in his early 30's films at MGM.

Helen Hayes, whose most famous film role as Madelon Claudet is no doubt destined to be ignominiously dumped onto DVD-R via the Warner Archive, has lots of screen time here as the wife of a pilot (Jules - played by Clark Gable) who is waiting on her husband to return from his first night flight for a late night celebration supper. As his arrival is delayed more and more throughout the night, so grows her panic.

The oddest thing here is the misuse - or should I say lack of use - of Clark Gable. Throughout the film he is stuck in a plane, mute and motionless. Except for a few log entries that he makes and some of his facial expressions we are really denied a performance here or for that matter, an idea of what is going through his mind.

I'd say it's worthwhile just because it's such an odd departure from what MGM generally did in the 1930's plus it's been locked in the vaults for 75 years due to rights problems. It's interesting to see how Warner Home Video has taken almost a film school approach to what they put out on DVD in the last couple of years. Practically all of their documentaries on film history wind up on pressed DVD, but some pretty entertaining precodes, noirs, and even more modern films such as "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" wind up in the Warner Archive on DVD-R, a medium that doesn't usually have a life span greater than a couple of years.

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