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Happy Landing (1934)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 1 September 1934 (USA)
An action-filled film with outlaws-of-the-clouds at war with the men of the U. S. Flying Service. A young pilot, Nick Ferris, fights to track down a dangerous gang of smugglers and clear his name of an undeserved stigma.

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(as R.N. Bradbury)

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(story), (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Lt. Nick Terris
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Janet Curtis (as Jacqueline Wells)
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Col. Curtis
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Capt. Terris
Hyram A. Hoover ...
Lt. Peter Taylor (as Hyram Hoover)
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Frank Harland
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Powell
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Paul
Billy Erwin ...
Horace
Ruth Romaine ...
Stella
Eddie Fetherston ...
Wireless Operator (as Edward Fetherstone)
Gertrude Simpson ...
Wife
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An action-filled film with outlaws-of-the-clouds at war with the men of the U. S. Flying Service. A young pilot, Nick Ferris, fights to track down a dangerous gang of smugglers and clear his name of an undeserved stigma.

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A HIGH-FLYER ROMANCE OF HIGH-POWER THRILLS! (original one-sheet poster)

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Action | Drama | Romance

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Approved
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1 September 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Air Patrol  »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Wednesday 28 June 1950 on the Matinee Movie on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Unfortunately, the take-off took it off the runway.
1 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While the subject matter of this action film would make you think that it should at least be somewhat fast moving, the result is a slow-moving drama that ends up being until the end deadly dull. It is a typical military buddy picture (in this case the border patrol) where the two pals (Ray Walker and Hyram A. Hoover) play pranks on each other so they can each get a chance with the same girl. One such comic attempt has one of them having to borrow a suit two sizes too small because the other one took it upon themselves to have the good suit sent to the cleaners. This results in a fight between the two pals, but no sooner have punches been exchanged then the two are laughing about it.

For serious story, one of the two is accused of aiding some criminals in making an escape to the border, and this ends up with them all on a cruise ship where the thieves threaten to bomb it unless the pilot is left on a raft with a payroll delivery. Jacqueline Welles (later known as Julie Bishop) is the feisty heroine with an overly dramatic father (William Farnum) who happens to be the two friends' supervisor. There's better acting from Noah Beery Sr. as Walker's father, who happens to be the cruise ship's captain.

Action wise, this film is strictly lacking in the key scene where Walker is forced at gunpoint to escort the criminals to 10 miles of the Mexican border. In fact, long scenes without camera edits make it seem eternal. The final sequence on the cruise ship with the villains above threatening to drop bombs gives the film the higher rating which would have been close to zero had it not all of a sudden switched gears. Paul Malvern Productions, an independent producer associated with Monogram, was in and out of business within two years, and if this film is any example, you can see why.


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