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The Flying Irishman (1939)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 7 April 1939 (USA)
This is the story of the historic 1938 flight of Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan. Mr. Corrigan starred in this film, which chronicled his infamous flight. On July 17, 1938, Mr. Corrigan loaded... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan
Butch Brannan
Joe Alden
Clyde 'Douglas' Corrigan
Mr. Roy Thompson
Henry Corrigan
Mr. Clyde Corrigan Sr.


This is the story of the historic 1938 flight of Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan. Mr. Corrigan starred in this film, which chronicled his infamous flight. On July 17, 1938, Mr. Corrigan loaded 320 gallons of gasoline (40 hours worth) into the tiny, single engine plane. While expressing his intent to fly west to Long Beach, CA, Mr. Corrigan flew out of Floyd Bennett Field heading east over the Atlantic. Instrumentation in the plane included two compasses (both malfunctioned) and a turn-and-bank indicator. The cabin door was held shut with baling wire. Nearly 29 hours later, he landed in Baldonnel near Dublin. He forever claimed to be surprised at arriving in Ireland rather than California. He returned to the US as a hero, with a ticker tape parade in New York and received numerous medals and awards. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

7 April 1939 (USA)  »

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Asas Sobre o Mar  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


RKO paid Douglas Corrigan more than $100,000 for rights to his biography. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, an airplane flies through the names, erasing each screen, and a new screen of credits is displayed. See more »


Spoofed in Gilligan's Island: Wrongway Feldman (1964) See more »


Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Part of the score at Christmas
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I liked this movie.
6 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Contrary to the other 2 reviews, I thought Douglas Corrigan as himself was very likable and did a good job of acting. I liked his easy style and fairly constant motion as he went about flying the wrong way.

I thought the flying scene and the airplane shots were done well enough, and Corrigan's preparations were well covered.

I happen to live a driving distance from the Glenn Curtiss Museum and liked that Corrigan went across the Atlantic in a Curtiss Robin, which I have seen in the museum.

I am 75, and knew the story of Wrong Way Corrigan 60 years before I saw this movie.

Liked the whole movie and look forward to seeing it again.

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