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Flight (1929)

Passed | | Adventure | 1930 (Austria)
A Marine flyer and his flight school mentor fall for the same beautiful nurse.

Director:

Frank Capra (as Frank R. Capra)

Writers:

Ralph Graves (story), Frank Capra (dialogue) (as Frank R. Capra)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Holt ... Panama Williams
Lila Lee ... Elinor Baring
Ralph Graves ... 'Lefty' Phelps
Alan Roscoe ... Major James D. Rowell
Harold Goodwin ... Steve Roberts (as Harald Goodwin)
Jimmy De La Cruze Jimmy De La Cruze ... General Lobo
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A Marine flyer and his flight school mentor fall for the same beautiful nurse.

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Taglines:

"BETTER THAN WINGS" (Print ad- Pittsburgh Sunday Sun-Telegraph, ((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 20 October 1929) See more »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

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Trivia

The invasion of Nicaragua to avenge the deaths of US Marines was based on at least one actual incident. On February 27, 1928, a band of Sandinista rebels killed five Marines and wounded eight others in an ambush. See more »

Goofs

In the football game at the beginning of the film, when Lefty is hiked the ball, the camera is shooting through the center's legs. In the background you can see the grandstands at the far end-zone are completely empty of fans. See more »

Quotes

Steve Roberts: [On the Nicaraguan rebels] You know damn well what's going to happen if these people come along and catch you alive.
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Soundtracks

My Gal Sal
(1905) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Paul Dresser
Sung offscreen by Marines in Nicaragua
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Very good for 1929 and somehow very likable
21 August 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film is about two pilots--one who is the veteran flight instructor at Pensacola Naval Air Station (Tim Holt) and the other is a man who desperately wants to earn his wings, but he's terribly unsure of himself (Ralph Graves). Over time, a friendship develops between them that is challenged when both men fall for the same Navy nurse.

While all this might seem a bit predictable and clichéd, for 1929 it was pretty good stuff. Plus, all the familiar story elements contained in the film were NOT clichés, as this film introduced many of these items that would later become standard plot lines. Plus, the film is aided by excellent flying scenes and some amazingly fun and witty dialog every now and again. Graves made several comments that had me laughing. Because of this and the easy-going banter between them, this was a very likable film--particularly for nuts like me that adore early aviation films. The film abounds with great footage of aircraft and is a must-see for aviation fans.

By the way, the team of Graves and Holt made quite a few early military-inspired films for Columbia--making them the first stars for this fledgling studio. In addition to Marine pilots like they were in this film, they also starred in other films about US military (such as DIRIGIBLE, A DANGEROUS AFFAIR, FLYING FLEET and SUBMARINE). Oddly, despite their success, by 1931-1932, their careers as leading men were pretty much over.

One negative about the film is the sound quality. Though it does improve later in the film, FLIGHT is terribly in need of restoration as some of the dialog is very, very difficult to understand--a rather common problem with films from the early sound era. Closed captioning would have been nice, but was not included.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1930 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Flieger See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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