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The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

Approved | | Adventure, Biography, Drama | 20 April 1957 (USA)
Charles 'Slim' Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo transatlantic crossing.

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Bud Gurney
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O.W. Schultz, Salesman Atlas Suspender Co.
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Biography of Charles Lindburgh from his days of precarious mail runs in aviation's infancy to his design of a small transatlantic plane and the vicissitudes of its takeoff and epochal flight from New York to Paris in 1927. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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Lindbergh - Mein Flug über den Ozean  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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James Stewart was unusually difficult to work with throughout filming. Some wondered if he had realized how miscast he was in the movie. See more »

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The plane that crashes in the snow storm near the beginning of the film is a de Havilland biplane with the markings, "110 U.S. Air Mail C.A.M. No. 2". When Lindbergh arrives at the Lambert-St. Louis Flying Field in his car following the crash, that same aircraft is sitting in the hangar in perfect condition, the number 110 clearly visible. See more »

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Reporter: [checking his copy] Here at the Garden City Hotel, less than a mile from Roosevelt Field... less than three-quarters of a mile from Roosevelt Field... everyone is waiting, as they have been now for seven days and nights, waiting for the rain to stop...
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Spirit of Independence
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Music by Abe Holzmann
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Yes, James Stewart is too old to play the iconic Lindbergh; Billy Wilder directs
10 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Directed by the great Billy Wilder (surprisingly), and based on the book by Charles Lindbergh which was adapted by Charles Lederer (the director wrote the screenplay with Wendell Mayes), this slightly above average if overlong biographical drama tells the story of the man who would one day become the first to fly non-stop from New York to Paris in 1927. This historic first transatlantic flight helped to create the airline industry.

James Stewart (again, surprisingly; he was nearly 40, but portraying a man 25 years old) plays this man, Charles Augustus 'Slim' Lindbergh, whose plane (designed and built by Ryan Aircraft in San Diego, California) was dubbed "The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)", for the businessmen from that city that helped to fund the effort. The story tells about Lindbergh's early life as a brave mail carrying pilot in the early days of aviation (though there's no real drama about whether he survived in the fog).

But much of the film's 'action' involves the history making flight itself, with actor Stewart's voice providing narration for his character's thoughts, while he tries to stay awake during the 30+ hour journey.

This movie received an Academy Award nomination for its Special Effects, representing the only Oscar nomination for Louis Lichtenfield. Murray Hamilton, Patricia Smith, Bartlett Robinson, Marc Connelly, Arthur Space, and Charles Watts play the other, minor, credited roles.


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