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Release Date:
30 April 1936 (USA) See more »
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Fred MacMurray ... Jack Gordon

Joan Bennett ... Felice Rollins

Zasu Pitts ... Miss Harkins

John Howard ... Freddie Scott - Co-Pilot
Benny Bartlett ... Waldemar Pitt III (as Bennie Bartlett)
Grace Bradley ... Trixie La Brey
Alan Baxter ... Curtis Palmer

Brian Donlevy ... Dr. James L. Evarts
Ruth Donnelly ... Vi Johnson - Stewardess
Fred Keating ... Count Gregore Stephani
Adrienne Marden ... Ann McKenna - Stewardess

Dean Jagger ... Hap Waller
Mildred Stone ... Ruth Bradford - Stewardess

Jack Mulhall ... Horace Lander - Reservations Clerk
Clyde Dilson ... Fat Richhauser

Dennis O'Keefe ... Baker - Co-Pilot (as Bud Flannagan)
Granville Bates ... Pop Andrews
Bruce Warren ... Tex Doyle - Pilot

Marie Prevost ... Waitress in Omaha
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Arthur ... Assistant Clerk (uncredited)
Paul Barrett ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Edward Biby ... Man in Hall (uncredited)
John Juettner ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Ed Schaefer ... Harry (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Chicago Airport Pharmacist (uncredited)
Gertrude Short ... Waitress in Omaha (uncredited)
Arthur Singley ... Pete Stevens - Radio Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Mitchell Leisen 
Writing credits
Bogart Rogers (story "Wild Wings") and
Frank Mitchell Dazey (story "Wild Wings")

Bogart Rogers (screenplay) and
Kenyon Nicholson (screenplay)

Produced by
E. Lloyd Sheldon .... producer
Cinematography by
Theodor Sparkuhl 
Film Editing by
Doane Harrison 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
John B. Goodman 
Set Decoration by
A.E. Freudeman 
Sound Department
Louis Mesenkop .... sound
M.M. Paggi .... sound
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... special photographic effects
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Music Department
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Irvin Talbot .... conductor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Thirteen Hours by Air" - USA (original title)
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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

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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