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

Oliver H.P. Garrett  screenplay

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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Three scenes show radio operators sending Morse Code. One code key looked like a J-38 single key and two were a two paddle key made by the Vibroplex Company which is still in business. The Vibroplex is also known as a Bug because of the bug logo on the key.See more »
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when it was pioneering to fly at night, 17 March 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Clarence Brown is the director of the 1933 film, "Night Flight," featuring an impressive cast, including John and Lionel Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Myrna Loy, Clark Gable, and Robert Montgomery.

The story concerns mail flights at night, an innovative thing at that time. Both the Barrymore men are quite robust here and delivered strong acting. John is the tough, hard-nosed head of the service, and Lionel (sans wheelchair which his arthritis would send him to later on) plays an assistant. I would have rather seen them together in something else, though they were both very good.

In the beginning, we're shown a little boy in South America with infantile paralysis waiting for a serum that will be rushed to the doctor from Chile via the new night mail service.

There's not a tremendous amount of dialogue in "Night Flight," but there is a lot of very powerful music by Herbert Stothart and some magnificent footage of planes going through the clouds. It's very atmospheric. What dialogue there is today seems very melodramatic but is handled well by John Barrymore and Helen Hayes. Hayes in the film is married to a pilot played by Clark Gable. Gable is very handsome with such a warm smile, and he shows his character's real love of flying. Montgomery plays a playboy pilot who likes a good time as well as flying.

It's amazing how with a film so old, with those archaic planes, how one can get drawn into a story, yet somehow I did. I had a few problems - first of all, I couldn't figure out the countries and the different plane connections. It seemed like the service originated in France - I kind of had to let that go.

During a storm, Gable sends down flares that ride on little parachutes - it was early days for special effects. These looked a little cartoonish but were interesting nonetheless as they floated down to the water.

Some people don't care for Clarence Brown, but I think he was able to really set a mood in his films, this and The Rains Came being good examples.

"Night Flight" is one reason why I love classic films. We've come so far in aviation; eighty-plus years ago, it was unheard of to fly at night. And when you look at the planes, it's a wonder they got off the ground day or night. Maybe it was my mood or the Stothart music, but it was something to think about.

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