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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.

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The First All-Talking Air Drama See more »

Genres:

Adventure

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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Capra had 28 airplanes as well as mechanics and pilots at his disposal, supplied by the US Marine Corps, including technical advisor Francis E. Pierce, who served in Nicaragua in 1928. See more »

Goofs

A front page headline dated April 5, 1927 makes reference to Charles Lindbergh as though he were already famous. In fact, the flight that made Lindbergh a household name didn't occur until six weeks later. 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 Mammy
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Sung a bit a cappella by Ralph Graves
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Wrong Way To Nicaragua
15 December 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Frank Capra made three films with the same two actors, Jack Holt and Ralph Graves, probably in an effort to establish the male buddy film. It would take James Cagney and Pat O'Brien to get that genre off the ground. Flight is the second of those three Graves/Holt films and the first one in sound.

It also has the same kind of roughhouse humor that would characterize the work of John Ford. In fact if you didn't know this was an early Capra film, you'd swear Ford did it.

Flight is certainly a film from the headlines of the day. It begins with college football hero Ralph Graves making a spectacular run in the Rose Bowl, the wrong way. Capra made no secret of it, he was at the Rose Bowl that year with Harry Cohn and saw Roy Rieggles playing for USC get turned around in eluding tacklers and made a spectacular run the wrong way and scored the margin of victory for Georgia Tech. The poor man never lived it down.

In fact Graves decides the Marine Corps is the place for blessed anonymity and he gets involved with aviation under the tutelage of Jack Holt. But the two of them have a falling out over nurse Lila Lees. Later on they see action in Nicaragua where the USA was maintaining a presence in hunting down those original Sandinistas.

The Marine aviators rescue a company of Marines in a Dienbienphu like situation with the Sandinistas. The battle scenes were very well staged.

Flight is not a typical Frank Capra film because Frank Capra had not found his style and type of story. Still it's a well made action film for the time.


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