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The Last Flight (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 29 August 1931 (USA)
World War 1 veterans roam Paris drinking and admiring a woman they recently met.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

John Monk Saunders (novel), John Monk Saunders (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Barthelmess ... Cary Lockwood
David Manners ... Shep Lambert
Johnny Mack Brown ... Bill Talbot (as John Mack Brown)
Helen Chandler ... Nikki
Elliott Nugent ... Francis (as Elliot Nugent)
Walter Byron ... Frink
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Storyline

Cary, Shep, Bill, and Francis are pilots who have just, and only just, survived the First World War. They linger in Europe in the aftermath, drinking and ostensibly having fun, but pessimistic and flip about their futures, as each feels himself somehow lost and dead inside as a result of the horrors he's experienced. They encounter a beautiful and vivacious girl, Nikki, and adopt her, not romantically but as a sort of mascot and light around which they can hover in hopes of regaining a sense of warmth and life. Nikki does her best to reinvigorate her new friends, but despite the seeming lightheartedness of their escapades, the shadow of the war can never be dispelled. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

You loved our Dick as captain of "The Dawn Patrol." Now he commands your heart while his genius soars to new heights of achievement! (Print Ad- Southeast Missourian, ((Cape Girardeau, Mo.)) 12 September 1931)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Single Lady See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

PCA censors objected to the sexual innuendos and skimpy clothing in some of the scenes. See more »

Goofs

During the sequence in the bullfight ring in Lisbon, the footage of the actual bullfight is stock filmed during the silent era at the then-standard speed of 16 frames per second. Spliced into a sound film and projected at the sound-standard 24 frames per second, it looks unnaturally fast. See more »

Quotes

Shep Lambert: You know Cary, I feel just like we're falling. A long time ago, d'you remember? Spinning, spinning, spinning, only, you brought me down safe. Oh Cary, good old Cary, best flier in the service.
Nikki: Oh Shepard, Shepard darling.
Cary Lockwood: Oh, we're going to make a safe landing again Shep.
Shep Lambert: Not this time, Cary, old Shep's gonna crash. Say, we're spinning fast. Level off, Cary, level off.
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Connections

Referenced in Only Angels Have Wings (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Valse Brune
(uncredited)
Music by Georges Krier
Lyrics by Georges Villard
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One of the best forgotten film of the 30's
28 March 2004 | by joeym42887See all my reviews

Richard Barthelmess, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Elliott Nugent, and John Mack Brown star in this excellent psychological war drama directed by William Dieterle about a handful of WWI veterans who do nothing but drink booze and run around Paris with flapper, Nikki (Chandler, in an elegant and moving performance).

What makes this film so special is that it's mood of despair of hopelessness has held up very well over all these years. Plus, the movie's bleak atmosphere and subject matter helps. Sometimes the performances (David Manners) and dialogue comes off as a little dated, but that is to be expected from a movie this old. It is very easy to overlook; and that is really the only bad thing about the movie.

It's a shame that this movie isn't released on DVD or even VHS (thank goodness for TCM). It's a real forgotten gem of early 1930's cinema that hopefully won't remain forgotten for long.

**** out of ****


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