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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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Bill Graves
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Nan Hudson
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Dr. Barclay
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Rita
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Mabel
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Lt. Parsons
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Thelma
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Bonnie
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Jane Morrow
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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!

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Romance | Comedy | Drama

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18 May 1940 (USA)  »

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Flight Eight  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The "Stratosphere" airplane in the film is a Lockheed 12A Electra Junior, registration NC17342. The "NC" part had been painted over and replaced by an "X" to indicate it was experimental for this film. It had appeared in many other films, including Rosalie (1937), Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939), Secret Service of the Air (1939), Mercy Plane (1939) and Murder Over New York (1940). This plane was built in 1936 and sold to a private company. It was subsequently used by the RCAF in WWII with registration CF-BRK (RCAF 7653). Returned to the USA in 1944, it's was last known to be flying with registration N505 for the Cape and Islands Flight Service in Massachusetts until 1965. A total of 130 were built from 1936 to 1941. See more »

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In the stewardess lounge, Mabel is asked who she has a crush on. She replies that she liked Jimmy Cagney until he "pushed Ann Sheridan in the face with a grapefruit." It was Mae Clarke who took the grapefruit in the kisser in "The Public Enemy." See more »

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Occasionally diverting 'B' feature
5 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Flight Angels are the stewardesses of American Airlines, here shown flying hither and yon from their airport base where they spend a lot of time gossiping and applying makeup. Virginia Bruce and Jane Wyman are the Angels we care about, but this being the 1940s, the action involves pilots Dennis Morgan and Wayne Morris, who are involved in the development of a super secret aircraft when they're not busy flying passengers from Point A to Point B. Flight Angels is nicely shot by cinematographer L. William O'Connell and features a vaguely provocative screenplay (one of the stewardesses actually gets away with saying the words 'sex appeal'), but ultimately doesn't rise above its second feature aspirations. Not bad, but predictable.


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