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Flight Angels (1940)

Approved | | Romance, Comedy, Drama | 18 May 1940 (USA)
Federal Airlines ace pilot Chick Faber is grounded by Flight Superintendent Bill Graves when a doctor says his eyesight is failing. Aided by Mary Norvell and Nan Hudson, Graves persuades ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chick Farber
Artie Dixon
Bill Graves
Nan Hudson
Dr. Barclay
Margot Stevenson ...
Dorothea Kent ...
John Ridgely ...
Lt. Parsons
Lucile Fairbanks ...
Jane Morrow
Marilyn (as Marilyn Merrick)
Phyllis Hamilton ...


Federal Airlines ace pilot Chick Faber is grounded by Flight Superintendent Bill Graves when a doctor says his eyesight is failing. Aided by Mary Norvell and Nan Hudson, Graves persuades Chick to take a job as teacher in the school for airline hostesses, and Chick and Mary get married. He learns that the Army is going to test a stratosphere plane that he and Artie Dixon designed and feels that he should make the first flight but permission is refused. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Women Are TOUGH Angels... They Can Handle Anything That Flies... Except A Pilot!


Romance | Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

18 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flight Eight  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Warner Bros. contract players Paul Panzer, Leo White and Jack Wise announce their real names when they board airplanes as passengers. See more »


When the passengers are entering the plane at the beginning of the film, the door says the aircraft is named "Flagship Illinois." However, when the same plane begins to taxi from the gate the name painted on the nose is "Flagship Tennessee." When the passengers are debarking, the door says the plane has again become the "Flagship Illinois." See more »

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No more than a Warner Bros. programmer...
4 January 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

FLIGHT ANGELS is one of the scripts Olivia de Havilland turned down and was put on suspension for refusing to do after her success in GWTW. It's easy to see why. De Havilland was to play the VIRGINIA BRUCE role of the stewardess pursued by DENNIS MORGAN, as bland a role as Bruce ever had. Her career was on the downswing at this time.

It's really no more than a competent programmer designed to give exposure to Morgan and JANE WYMAN who were the studio's busiest contract stars and one can easily see that Olivia deserved better material than this. Wyman has her usual role as the heroine's brassy best friend and Morgan simply dispenses his usual Irish charm with WAYNE MORRIS as co-pilot.

From the very start, it's a compilation of tired clichés, unbelievably vapid dialogue, sexist depiction of females with nothing on their empty minds but fighting over men, and, in general, runs downhill when we're subjected to a lot of silly shenanigans by Jane Wyman, angry with her boyfriend Wayne Morris.

On the serious side, JOHN LITEL gives DENNIS MORGAN an eye exam that shows he shouldn't be flying planes and the rest of the predictable plot deals with Morgan's dilemma. At least the dramatic moments are easier to take than the ill advised attempts at comedy.

Summing up: This one was grounded from the start with a worthless script.

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