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Flight Angels (1940)

 -  Romance | Comedy | Drama  -  18 May 1940 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Mary Norvell
Dennis Morgan ...
Chick Farber
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Artie Dixon
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Bill Graves
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Nan Hudson
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Dr. Barclay
Margot Stevenson ...
Rita
Dorothea Kent ...
Mabel
John Ridgely ...
Lt. Parsons
Lucile Fairbanks ...
Thelma
Maris Wrixon ...
Bonnie
Jan Clayton ...
Jane Morrow
Lynn Merrick ...
Marilyn (as Marilyn Merrick)
Phyllis Hamilton ...
Phyllis
Carol Hughes ...
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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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airline | teacher | school | pilot | eyesight | See more »

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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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Three of Warner Bros.'s contract players ('Paul Panzer', Leo White and Jack Wise) announce their real names when they board airplanes as passengers. See more »

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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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A Surprisingly Interesting and Entertaining Film
17 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is far better than the usual kind of fluff aviation film made during the late 1930's and into the late 1940's. I expected a light romantic comedy--"not that there is anything wrong with that!"--and was surprised that it is quite interesting on other levels. The plot involved all the predictable vicissitudes of a pilot trying to come to grips with losing his flight qualification due to failing eyesight, and the film does have its share of predictable situations and character foibles. But what is most interesting is how it accurately reflects the state of aviation at the time: the concern over furnishing more reliable and safe all-weather commercial aviation, the challenge and opportunity of developing long-range high-altitude "stratosphere" airplanes, and the behind-the-scenes concern of national security, namely the expectation that we might be eventually involved in the war in China (and of course we were, a year after this film came out, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor). The airplane star of the show is the relatively new Douglas DC-3 (then just 4 years in airline service), a 21 passenger airliner, but there are also very good in-flight visuals of the Lockheed Model 10 Electra, the "stratosphere ship" of the movie. Finally, the acting is better than one might expect--minimal histrionics, some genuine chuckles, and a dialogue that includes some interesting lines. Virginia Bruce is coolly luscious, Denny Morgan and Wayne Morris do a credible job as airmen, and Ralph Bellamy is appropriately "heavy" as their boss. (Incidentally, in the "real world," Morris was inspired by his role in this film to become a Navy pilot, flying Grumman Hellcats in the Pacific and shooting down 7 Japanese planes). A very enjoyable movie, particularly for anyone interested in aviation in the heyday of the propeller-driven airplane!


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