China Clipper (1936)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  22 August 1936 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 411 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 4 critic

Dave Logan takes his regional Pan American airline and with vision and sometimes ruthless determination establishes pan-American and trans-Pacific routes.



(screen play)
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Stage line agent investigates a series of robberies by taking the job of a deputy sheriff in a border Arizona town.

Director: Francis D. Lyon
Stars: Joel McCrea, Mark Stevens, Joan Weldon
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A Musical-romance with Dick Powell as a private stationed in Hawaii who gets involved with Ruby Keeler, the general's engaged daughter. In order to avoid a scandal, the pair break up, but ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Pat O'Brien
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An Air Force major feels a volatile mixture of relief and anger when he is excused from performing a dangerous test in a new aircraft.

Director: Francis D. Lyon
Stars: John Payne, Karen Steele, Paul Kelly
Flying High (1931)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An eccentric inventor and his new flying machine are the focus of this musical comedy.

Director: Charles Reisner
Stars: Bert Lahr, Charlotte Greenwood, Pat O'Brien
Certificate: Passed Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The neglected wife of a high profile attorney dallies with a unscrupulous womanizer and finds herself involved in blackmail and murder.

Director: William K. Howard
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Una Merkel
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An American, working for his oil company in China, disregards all but the company's interests. " The characters and the institution portrayed in the story are not actual but the product of ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Josephine Hutchinson, Jean Muir
Gambling Lady (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Lady Lee, gambler's daughter, plies her trade while pondering the proposal of a social-register suitor.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Pat O'Brien
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Auctioneer Spot Cash Cutler is planning the scam of a lifetime, but will he get burned?

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Ann Dvorak, Claire Dodd
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A boy accompanies three soldiers in their escape from the enemy in Korea.

Director: Francis D. Lyon
Stars: Rory Calhoun, William Bendix, Richard Jaeckel
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Mary Turner, is wrongly accused, by her employer Edward Gilder, and then convicted of theft. In prison she studies law books, and on release partners with another woman to legally scam ... See full summary »

Director: Gustav Machatý
Stars: Ruth Hussey, Tom Neal, Paul Kelly
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Two veteran U. S. Marines master sergeants vie for the affection of a hostess at the Shore Leave café. They also suspect the owner of the café of operating a Nazi spy ring that has been ... See full summary »

Directors: William Hamilton, Frank Ryan
Stars: Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe, Binnie Barnes
Side Streets (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A destitute sailor secures a job with a spinster who runs a small fur trimming shop. They marry, and soon have a child, but he cheats on her with serious consequences.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Aline MacMahon, Paul Kelly, Ann Dvorak


Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Collins
Hap Stuart
Marie Wilson ...
Sunny Avery
Joseph Crehan ...
Jim Horn
Joe King ...
Mr. Pierson (as Joseph King)
Addison Richards ...
Mr. B.C. Hill
Ruth Robinson ...
Mother Brunn
Henry B. Walthall ...
Dad Brunn
Radio Operator on Clipper
Lyle Moraine ...
Co-pilot on Clipper
Engineer on Clipper
Navigator on Clipper
Alexander Cross ...
Bill Andrews


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis






Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

22 August 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Courrier de Chine  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Henry B. Walthall collapsed on the set while filming and died shortly thereafter. The script of the unfinished film was rewritten so that his character would die off-screen, a heart condition having already been established in a previously filmed scene. See more »


The position of Bogart's hand changes position in a scene with Pat O'Brien. See more »


Dave Logan: [Argumentatively] Don't stall! If you got something on your chest, spill it.
Hap Stuart: Okay, Sailor, here it is - You used to be a regular guy - now you're not even human. When you start cannin' guys like Bill Andrews that have been with the outfit for years, that proves it! You're letting your job turn you into a heel with a cast-iron heart. You don't have to be tough just to show everybody you're a big shot!
Dave Logan: Somebody's got to be tough to get things done around here!
See more »


Featured in Breakdowns of 1937 (1937) See more »


The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played at the ceremony before the China Clipper's initial Pacific flight
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Desperatly seeking China Clipper texasrebsheis
Take Off From Alameda tugboatphil
Discuss China Clipper (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: