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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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Cast

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Tom Collins
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Hap Stuart
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Sunny Avery
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Jim Horn
Joe King ...
Mr. Pierson (as Joseph King)
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Mr. B.C. Hill
Ruth Robinson ...
Mother Brunn
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Dad Brunn
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Radio Operator on Clipper
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Co-pilot on Clipper
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Engineer on Clipper
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Navigator on Clipper
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Bill Andrews
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Storyline

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Hap Stuart: [Offscreen] Watta yuh do when the wings fall off?
Dave Logan: [Not knowing who's talking to him] Take a train, sucker.
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Connections

Featured in Breakdowns of 1937 (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played at the ceremony before the China Clipper's initial Pacific flight
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who the actors portray in the film
2 April 2006 | by (Dinner Key, Florida) – See all my reviews

PanAmerican was asked about participating in the making of the movie before it was made. Pan American declined. So the movie was made "fictional." Pat O'Brien of course represents Juan Trippe. Ross Alexander represents Capt. Hugh Wells. Humphrey Bogart represents Capt. Ed Musick. Ed Musik Jr. and grandson Chuck Musik both flew later for Eastern Airlines.

Today, Dinner key still exists in Miami. The former PanAmerican terminal is now Miami City Hall. The hangars are still there at Dinner Key and are mostly in disrepair; used for boating interests.

Besides the excellent Golden Gate picture, I believe there is also a shot of the Bay Bridge, but you have to look quickly.


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