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Dirigible (1931)

Passed | | Adventure | 4 April 1931 (USA)
Jack Bradon is tasked to reach the South Pole with a dirigible.

Director:

Frank Capra (as Frank R. Capra)

Writers:

Frank Wead (story) (as Commander Frank Wilber Wead U.S.N.), Jo Swerling (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Holt ... Jack Bradon
Ralph Graves ... 'Frisky' Pierce
Fay Wray ... Helen Pierce
Hobart Bosworth ... Louis Rondelle
Roscoe Karns ... Sock McGuire
Harold Goodwin ... Hansen
Clarence Muse ... Clarence
Emmett Corrigan Emmett Corrigan ... Rear Adm. John S. Martin (as Emmet Corrigan)
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Storyline

A French explorer enlists the help of the US Navy in an expedition to the South Pole. There is competition between the airship division and fixed wing fliers, resolved in triumph and disasters. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Giant epic of the air! (One-sheet poster).

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Luftschiff See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Boris Karloff supposedly had a small part as a member of the failed dirigible expedition, but he was not seen in the movie; Richard Loo supposedly made his film debut, but he also was not seen in the movie. See more »

Goofs

At 57:23, when Clarence and Sock are talking, lighting equipment is visible in the reflection of Clarence's glasses. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Round About Hollywood (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
(uncredited)
Written by Wallis Willis
Sung a cappella by Clarence Muse
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Easy To Watch and Enjoy
26 September 2007 | by barnesgeneSee all my reviews

As we watch the Twentieth Century disappear in our wake, we're going to find films like this more and more precious. I mean, can you imagine? -- Here's a film that takes the airship absolutely seriously as an equal partner with the airplane. Here's a film that shows you basically how an airship was constructed and what it looked like inside, and all that as part of the plot! And if you're going to interrupt the main plot with a soap opera, who better to put in front of your eyes than the beautiful Fay Wray? And what a great way to get out of the romantic sub-plot's basic dilemma -- nice, clean, and fast. All things considered, a more than satisfying way to spend an evening.


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