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Without Orders (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 23 October 1936 (USA)


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Complete credited cast:
Kay Armstrong
Wad. Madison
Frances Sage ...
Penny Armstrong
J.P. Kendrick
Vinton Hayworth ...
Len Kendrick
Tim Casey
Arthur Trueman
May Boley ...
Mrs. Maddy Overhose
Air Controller Calkins
Commerce Airline Inspector


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Release Date:

23 October 1936 (USA)  »

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Anef diatagon  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Good B But Don't Think About Plot Too Hard
20 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some movies require an awful lot of suspension of disbelief. In this one, you have to believe in a passenger plane where the windows open, and where the co-pilot would be daft enough to stick his head and hands out the window (in the midst of a raging blizzard in mid-flight); you also must believe that there are super-observant folks on the ground, hearing the motor of a aircraft, know to call Amalgamated Aircraft to tell them that there's a lost aircraft buzzing around the Idaho skies; and you must believe, that stalwart Robert Armstrong just happens to have a bunch of good buddies who can whip up a landing strip just a few miles away from our lady in distress. There are many others (particularly in the last 15 minutes). Somebody could have fun whipping up a list.

But one really should just watch the movie. This is a pretty strong B, with good performances by Robert Armstrong (subdued here) and Sally Eilers, playing a nice gal who falls for the spoiled son of her airline's head. The emotional arc of the story (and there is a strong one) gets a viewer through the parade of plot and technical absurdities. Worth seeing -- and, incidentally, Eiler's performance in the ending scenes of the movie are worthy of Joan Crawford or Bettie Davis highlight reel.

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