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13 Hours by Air (1936)

Thirteen Hours by Air (original title)
Approved | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 30 April 1936 (USA)
Airline pilot Jack Gordon (Fred MacMurray) on a flight from New York to San Francisco, is immediately attracted to beautiful passenger Felice Rollins (Joan Bennett). Known as a "lady's man"... See full summary »

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Jack Gordon
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Felice Rollins
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Miss Harkins
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Freddie Scott
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Waldemar Pitt III (as Bennie Bartlett)
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Trixie La Brey
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Curtis Palmer
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Dr. James L. Evarts
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Vi Johnson - Stewardess
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Count Gregore Stephani
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Ann McKenna - Stewardess
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Hap Waller
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Ruth Bradford - Stewardess
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Horace Lander - Reservations Clerk
Clyde Dilson ...
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Airline pilot Jack Gordon (Fred MacMurray) on a flight from New York to San Francisco, is immediately attracted to beautiful passenger Felice Rollins (Joan Bennett). Known as a "lady's man", he bets stewardess Vi Johnson (Ruth Donnelly) that he will take Felice out to dinner that evening. A jewel robbery is in the news and a beautiful blonde is implicated, with Jack suspecting that Felice may be the culprit. On a stop over in Chicago, Jack learns instead that his passenger is a wealthy socialite at odds with another passenger, Count Stephani (Fred Keating). Jack worries that he may have a crisis involving the Count when he finds Stephani has a gun aboard. Other passengers include Dr. Evarts (Brian Donlevy) and Curtis Palmer (Alan Baxter, both of whom seem to be harboring a secret. Felice is trying to get to San Francisco in order to prevent her sister from marrying the Count's brother, but the flight runs into bad weather. Jack and Freddie Scott (John Howard), his co-pilot are ...

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Right on schedule
31 December 2009 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

I've a soft spot for this one – it was one of the first films I saw on my brand new cable TV in 1993, and was unexpectedly impressed with it. However it's essentially primitive set aboard a primitive "aeroplane" and some would say with primitive acting too. Youngsters might also ask based on this how did powered flight ever take off? But it's still engrossing and I think surprisingly satisfying bearing in mind all the technical limitations.

United Airlines pilot Fred Macmurray is looking and chasing after blonde with a secret Joan Bennett - while minding his own business - partly to win a bet he made partly because he has the hots for her. She has to get to San Francisco asap for some flighty reason and some other guy's trying half heartedly to stop her, while doctor Brian Donlevy and a dodgy character make evil eyes at each other and a spoilt brat and his keeper Zasu Pitts slapstick about. Take my word for it that the dialogue is snappy and almost screwball, of the time and occasionally hilarious – why can't modern movies have endless clean smart ass one liners like this one? Why can't the heroes in modern movies be too gentlemanly to utter the word "toilet" to the heroines like in this one?

It's a well scripted inconsequential little melodrama and if you can get past it being a whodunit set on a papier-mâché plane and with cardboard sets you should have a very pleasant 77 minute journey.


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