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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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Storyline

A Marine flyer and his flight school mentor fall for the same beautiful nurse.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two he-men dare death in the skies! They're pals until both fall in love with the same girl-and then! (Print Ad-The Milwaukee Sentinel,((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 5 December 1929) See more »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Director Frank Capra was upset with Jack Holt's refusal to stand up in the plane that was flying, until he learned that Holt had been playing with the ripcord. The parachute had opened, and had Holt stood up he would have been dragged out of the plane. A red ribbon was tied to Holt's ripcord for the remainder of filming. 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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Early Capra
27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Flight (1929)

** (out of 4)

Frank Capra directed this early talkie about two buddies (Jack Holt, Ralph Graves) in the Navy Air Corps who fall in love with the same woman (Lila Lee). This film runs nearly two hours and one of those hours are brilliant but it's spread across the entire running time. The flight and war sequences are simply brilliant with a lot of realistic action and some breathtaking footage of the planes in the air. Had Capra only shown that stuff then this could have been another masterpiece from the director but sadly we get a stupid love story to drag everything down. Jack Holt is brilliant in his role adding a lot of humor to the part but Graves, who co-wrote the story, doesn't fair as well. Lila Lee is cute in her part but she's certainly not the greatest actress out there.


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