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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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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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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
High-flying high jinks, 12 October 2004
Author: F Gwynplaine MacIntyre from Minffordd, North Wales

The title 'Thirteen Hours by Air' seems vaguely science-fictionish, because in 1936 it was simply impossible for an airplane to cross the United States in 13 hours. (Sixteen was more like it.) But this movie seems to be presenting itself as cutting-edge rather than futuristic.

Fred MacMurray, slightly less bland than usual, stars as the pilot of the fastest transcontinental 'ship' available. He's heading from New York to California, and he's all set for chocks-away when along comes blonde Joan Bennett as an heiress who's eager to hop aboard. She hasn't a ticket, so she hands him a diamond ring the size of a doorknob.

All the passengers aboard the flight are very obvious 'characters', ranging over a wide gamut of types. This sort of thing works very well if the film is a murder mystery, and we've got to guess which of these suspects is the killer. (In fact, an airplane in flight would be the perfect setting for a 'locked-room' mystery: Agatha Christie used this in one of her novels, but has anyone ever used it in a movie?) There is just a touch of a mystery here, but it isn't a murder. After the 'plane is in flight, MacMurray learns that some jewel thieves are on the lam: a blonde and her two henchmen. Could Bennett be the blonde? It would explain how she got that diamond ring.

Among the passengers aboard the flight are a bratty little boy named Waldemar (whom I was hoping would turn out to be a midget police officer, working undercover) and his nursemaid, played by ZaSu Pitts. I can tolerate Pitts in small doses, but in this movie her character gets airsick in flight ... giving Pitts an excuse for an overdose of her annoying fluttery gestures. I was hoping MacMurray would throw her out of the 'plane over the Rocky Mountains.

Oh, yeah. Among the merry passengers is a gun-toting European nobleman, played by Fred Keating with a bad accent. There are no end of high-flying high jinks along the way, some of them more plausible than others. There's an exciting sequence in which the 'plane makes a forced landing in a blizzard. MacMurray's beleaguered pilot gets some help from an unexpected source ... although, if you read this review carefully, you'll know who I'm talking about. Ruth Donnelly is quite good, as usual ... but there ought to be a law against Brian Donlevy and Dean Jagger ever appearing in the same movie. Both of these actors had about as much screen presence as a block of wood. Put them both in the same movie, and they resemble the Petrified Forest. 'Thirteen Hours by Air' is about as implausible as 'Airport', but -- like that extremely manipulative movie -- it manages to be quite entertaining without ever being realistic. I'll rate this movie 8 out of 10, and I enjoyed the flight.

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