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Ceiling Zero (1936)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 16 January 1936 (USA)
War veteran pilots Dizzy Davis, Texas Clark and Jake Lee are working in an airline. Dizzy is fooling with one of the younger pilot's girl-friend and due to this, he changes flights with ... See full summary »

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June Travis ...
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Texas Clarke
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Henry Wadsworth ...
Tay Lawson
Martha Tibbetts ...
Mary Miller Lee
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Lou Clarke
Craig Reynolds ...
Joe Allen
Dick Purcell ...
Smiley (as Dick Purcell)
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Eddie Payson
Addison Richards ...
Fred Adams
Garry Owen ...
Mike Owens
Edward Gargan ...
Doc Wilson
Robert Light ...
Les Bogan
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War veteran pilots Dizzy Davis, Texas Clark and Jake Lee are working in an airline. Dizzy is fooling with one of the younger pilot's girl-friend and due to this, he changes flights with Texas. Texas' plane crashes attempting to land on their airfield under extremly bad weather circumstances, he is killed in this accident. Dizzy feels guilty for his friend's death and takes the next flight under even worse circumstances, testing a new anti-ice device on the plane. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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(1935). Stage Play: Ceiling Zero. Written by Frank Wead [only Broadway credit]. Scenic Design by John Root. Directed by Antoinette Perry. Music Box Theatre: 10 Apr 1935- Jul 1935 (closing date unknown/104 performances). Cast: John Bohn (as "Les Bogan"), John Boruff, Geoffrey Bryant (as "Bob Wilkins"), Chester Clute (as "Baldy Wright") [final Broadway role], John Drew Colt (as "Dick Peterson"), Joseph Downing, Walter Greaza (as "Al Stone"), Gladys Griswold (as "Dodo Harvey"), Alan Hale Jr. (as "Tay Lawson"), John F. Hamilton (as Mike Owens"), Nedda Harrigan (as "Mary Lee"), John Huntington (as "Joe Allen"), Hope Lawder, John Litel, Osgood Perkins (as "Jake Lee"), Margaret Perry (as "Tommy Thomas"), Philip Remar (as "Jerry Stevens"), Grandon Rhodes (as "Fred Adams"), G. Albert Smith (as "Texas Clark"), Ben Starkie (as "Eddie Payson"), James Todd (as "Smiley Johnson"). Produced by Brock Pemberton. Note: Filmed by Cosmopolitan Productions [distributed by Warner Bros.] as Ceiling Zero (1936) (as a James Cagney vehicle, in the role originated on stage by John Litel), and by Warner Bros. as International Squadron (1941). See more »

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Spoofed in Ceiling Hero (1940) See more »

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You Let Me Down
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Music by Harry Warren
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The Flawed Aviator
24 April 2006 | by (Berlin, GER) – See all my reviews

Mail pilot Dizzy Davis (James Cagney) is a daredevil and a womanizer like a textbook example. After he dropped a scheduled flight because of a rendezvous, his friend and colleague Texas Clarke (Stuart Erwin) stands in for him. Due to bad sight, the plane meets with an accident while landing, and Texas dies. Dizzy puts the blame on himself. To fix up that fatal error, he starts a bad weather kamikaze flight.

Hawks' preliminary study to "Only Angels Have Wings" is an absorbing aviator film which does not surprise very much though. A troup of airmen, intrepidly looking in death's eye, between the flight sequences, it's a drama of interiors. Duty and honor, lust and loyalty of professionals, a question of fast-paced flow of words and swifter movements. Hawks' (typical) flawed hero, played by the master of nimble gestures, James Cagney, is small and every handling an expression of his being. Although he flirts with June Travis and tries to impose his room keys on her, his love applies to his understanding chief and friend, the plagued Pat O'Brien.

Unfortunately, all this comes along as pretty conventional (particularly for a Hawks film), but is entertaining nonetheless with a great James Cagney in the lead.


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