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Air Mail (1932)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 3 November 1932 (USA)
A group of air mail pilots risk their lives to deliver important mail through bad weather conditions.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Dale Van Every (story), Frank Wead (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ralph Bellamy ... Mike Miller
Gloria Stuart ... Ruth Barnes
Pat O'Brien ... Duke Talbot
Slim Summerville ... 'Slim' McCune (as 'Slim' Summerville)
Lilian Bond ... Irene Wilkins
Russell Hopton ... 'Dizzy' Wilkins
David Landau ... 'Pop'
Leslie Fenton ... Tony Dressel
Frank Albertson ... Tommy Bogan
Hans Fuerberg ... 'Heinie' Kramer
Thomas Carrigan ... 'Sleepy' Collins (as Tom Carrigan)
William Daly William Daly ... 'Tex' Lane
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Storyline

Level headed Mike Miller runs Desert Airport, an air mail base full of daring young pilots risking their lives to get the mail through-regardless of the weather. Following the death of one pilot in a horrific crash, Miller is forced to engage the wild and arrogant, yet skillful, Duke Talbot. When pilot Dizzy Wilkins crashes and dies in a storm, Talbot runs off with the young Mrs.Wilkins, leaving Miller to complete the last leg of Wilkins' mail run. Miller crashes on a mountain. Alive but in an inaccessible location, Miller tries to endure his injuries while futile attempts are made by air mail pilots to rescue him. Hearing of the impossibility of reaching Miller's crash site in time to save him, Talbot can't resist the challenge of trying an airborne rescue himself. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Taglines:

Carl Laemmle Presents The Roaring Drama Of The Skies ---"AIR MAIL"! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Airmail See more »

Filming Locations:

Bishop, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$305,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First movie to feature an airplane-flying-through-a-hangar stunt, performed by stunt pilot Paul Mantz. See more »

Quotes

Duke Talbot: I'da made that flight to Paris but Lindy beat me to it.
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Connections

References All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Rain on the Roof
(uncredited)
Written by Ann Ronell
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Universal John Ford classic
21 May 1999 | by jaybee-3See all my reviews

A film that belies its age. There are some corny bits of dialogue and cheesy special effects, but Ford created a good low-key drama utilizing an excellent cast. Strong story written partly by Frank Wead. Could not believe this was made in 1932 and at UNIVERSAL!


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