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Ceiling Zero (1936)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  16 January 1936 (USA)
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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 ... 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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For a screenwriter, too stagey
2 February 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Ceiling Zero is a story about airmail pilots back when flying was itself an occupational hazard. It was written by Frank W. Wead, better known as Spig Wead whose life was later brought to the screen by John Ford in Wings of Eagles.

For those who've seen Wings of Eagles, they know that Spig Wead was a navy pilot who set all kinds of aviation records before becoming paralyzed with a broken neck due to a fall down some stairs in his home. After that Wead turned to writing and published all kinds of articles, stories, and screenplays mostly relating to aviation.

Ceiling Zero was Wead's one attempt at a Broadway play. It ran for three months on Broadway in 1935 with John Litel and Osgood Perkins in the roles played by James Cagney and Pat O'Brien respectively. It got good critical acclaim, but a short Broadway run as did a lot of plays during the Depression.

O'Brien is the operations manager of an airline and Cagney is an old friend who is an irresponsible but talented flyer. Superficially those seem like parts tailor made for Cagney and O'Brien, but this is in fact a serious drama so their usual hijinks are not present in this film as well they shouldn't have been.

Cagney and O'Brien had done another film about aviation, Devil Dogs of the Air which is far more lighthearted, but which Warner Brothers invested far more production values. For the most part, Ceiling Zero is a photographed stage play with some scenes that are clearly done on the backlot.

I'm surprised that Wead who did in fact write more for the screen didn't push for a bigger budget and some location shooting for his play. On the plus side Director Howard Hawks handles his cast real well and you can see some influences for the later and better Only Angels Have Wings.


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