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China Clipper (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 22 August 1936 (USA)
Dave Logan takes his regional Pan American airline and with vision and sometimes ruthless determination establishes pan-American and trans-Pacific routes.

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Tom Collins
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Sunny Avery
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Bill Andrews
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Inspired by Lindbergh's flight, Dave Logan sets out with a Washington-Philadelphia airline but suffers financial problems. With flying ace Hap Stuart he tries clipper ships on the Caribbean, then aims for the trans-Pacific route. His relentless ambition forces those closest to him to abandon him. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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THRILL TO A NEW TRIUMPH! LOVE SPANS THE PERILOUS PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps)

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22 August 1936 (USA)  »

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Courrier de Chine  »

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Henry Stephenson and Ted Thompson are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »

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The character names of Lyle Moraine and Dennis Moore are switched in the end credits. Moore was the Co-pilot and Moraine the engineer. See more »

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Mr. B.C. Hill: [to Dave] You aviators are swell people, but you're too visionary, too friendly, too easy-going. You're daydreamers instead of go-getters. In a way, you've got to be crazy. You're not satisfied to live with flying - you've got to be in love with it.
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Featured in Breakdowns of 1937 (1937) See more »

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National Emblem
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by Edwin Eugene Bagley
Played at the parade celebrating Lindbergh's flight
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The only movie showing the China Clipper in flight
16 March 2006 | by (Virginia Beach, VA) – See all my reviews

Hollywood frequently makes fictionalized movies based on real events. Being very familiar with the story of the China Clipper, I viewed this movie as a fictional story very closely paralleling the growth of Pan American Airways. The events in the movie and especially the scenes put a picture with the words of the historical facts. I was especially pleased to see the "Christ the Redeemer" statue on Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro! (I saw it for real in 1990.) Aviation/Flying Boat buffs will really appreciate this documentation of the Clippers in flight. I compare this movie to "Flight of the Intruder" which, although not a 4-star movie, presented the A-6 Intruder through a fictionalized story (also based on historical facts.) I know - I was part of that story from 1965 to 1975. FOTI is the only Hollywood movie documenting that great U. S. Navy Attack Airplane.

I saw (and videotaped) the movie on cable TV several years ago. I have not yet seen it commercially available.


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