6.3/10
337
22 user 5 critic

Central Airport (1933)

Unrated | | Drama | 15 April 1933 (USA)
Aviator Jim Blaine and his brother Neil are rivals not only as daredevil flyers, but also for the love of parachutist Jill Collins.

Directors:

William A. Wellman, Alfred E. Green (uncredited)

Writers:

Rian James (screenplay), Jack Moffitt (story "Hawk's Mate") | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Havana Widows (1933)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two golddiggers go fishing for millionaires in Havana.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Guy Kibbee
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A tenant farmer's son is caught in the middle of owner-tenant disputes when he falls for the plantation owner's seductive daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Bette Davis, Dorothy Jordan
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Butch Saunders has been transferred to Missing Persons because he was too brutal in other police work. He regards the assignment as "kindergarten" work. When a young woman asks him to help ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Bette Davis, Lewis Stone, Pat O'Brien
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the depths of the Depression, two teenage boys strike out on their own in order to help their struggling parents and find life on the road tougher than expected.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Frankie Darro, Rochelle Hudson, Edwin Phillips
Hi, Nellie! (1934)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The managing editor for a newspaper, in hot water with his boss, is demoted to writing the "Nellie Nelson" heart throb column, where he gets the unexpected opportunity to crack a major story.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Ned Sparks
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Karl is the workaholic adopted son while Stephan is the lazy one. They both go to Munich to study medicine and Karl is at the top of the class while Stephan is barely passing. When ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Curtiz, Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Marian Marsh, Norman Foster
Ace of Aces (1933)
Certificate: Passed Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A sculptor who doesn't want to have any part of World War I is shamed by his girlfriend into joining the army. He becomes a fighter pilot, and undergoes a complete personality change.

Director: J. Walter Ruben
Stars: Richard Dix, Elizabeth Allan, Ralph Bellamy
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Joan Blondell, Warren William, Ann Dvorak
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Arthur Byron
College Coach (1933)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Coach Gore, a ruthless and cynical big-time football coach, neglects his wife in his unrelenting drive to make Calvert College a football power.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Dick Powell, Ann Dvorak, Pat O'Brien
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The lifestyles of Arlene and Valkyr Bradford, half-sisters from a respected San Francisco family, diverge markedly as Arlene takes up with criminals.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Bette Davis, Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Barthelmess ... James 'Jim' Blaine
Sally Eilers ... Jill Collins
Tom Brown ... Neil 'Bud' Blaine
Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Blaine
James Murray ... Eddie Hughes
Claire McDowell ... Mrs. Blaine
Willard Robertson ... Havana Airport Manager
Arthur Vinton ... Amarillo Airport Manager
Charles Sellon ... Man in Wreck (scenes deleted)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert W. Craig Robert W. Craig ... Chef (scenes deleted)
Harold Huber ... Swarthy Man (scenes deleted)
Milton Kibbee ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
Edit

Storyline

Commercial pilot Jim Blair is blackballed after his plane crashes in a thunderstorm. Depressed, he begins working as a bank teller until he meets beautiful Jill Collins, a barnstorming parachutist working with her daredevil pilot brother. Jim's immediately attracted, and when her brother's killed in a freak crash, he reveals his past to her and volunteers to replace her dead sibling in their air carnival act. As they tour throughout the Southwest, their affection turns physically intimate when they're on the road as they characteristically sleep in adjoining hotel rooms. Jill wants marriage but is resisted by Jim, who believes that his risky lifestyle precludes the luxury of a wife and family. When Jim's brother Bud joins them, he too is immediately attracted to Jill but respects his brother's relationship, However, after another freak accident puts Jim in the hospital for a prolonged convalescence, Jim returns to find them married and in bed together. Angry and bitter, he becomes a ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Find out why this world-famous adventurer carries a wedding ring that has never been worn...Why he will never go back to the town he started from!...Why his own brother never speaks his name! (Print Ad- Plattsburg Daily Republican, ((Plattsburg, NY)) 9 June 1933) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aeropuerto Central See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$365,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The airplane depicted as having crashed at the beginning of the film is a Ford Trimotor, registration NC127H. However, this number belonged (and as of 2018 still does) to a 1929 Curtis Robin. The squadron of biplanes shown taking off simultaneously for the search are Boeing P-12s. In that sequence, a twin-engine biplane can be seen, which is a rare glimpse of a Keystone LB-7, of which only 18 were made and was used as a light bomber by the U.S. Army Air Corps. See more »

Goofs

The Amarillo and Havana airports show significant mountain ranges in the background. However, both airports are situated in areas that are geographically very flat with no mountains to be seen for hundreds of miles. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Blaine: [to an injured Jim coming off the train] Well, you're looking fine, Jim... considering.
Neil 'Bud' Blaine: [Bitterly] Considering what didn't get broken, got bent, eh!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Sid Saga Part 2 (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Manequita
(uncredited)
Music by Ishmael Aguilar Ramos
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Flying and Crying
8 June 2006 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Central Airport is the story of a pilot named Jim (Richard Barthelmess) who has one bad flight in over 4000 hours and is forced to give up commercial flying. He meets a beautiful girl named Jill (Sally Eilers) and the two start up an act involving flying and stunts. The two start a relationship, but when Jim is hurt, his brother (Tom Brown) takes over the act for a while and falls for his brother's girlfriend. From there, things get exciting and terribly terribly sad.

This film is a pre-code because of several reasons. First, Jim and Jill have consummated their relationship without being married and with no intention of having a wedding. Second, Eilers is shown in her underwear, and absolutely restricted scene when the Production Code came into effect.

This film does not skimp on the dramatic love triangle and in consequence ends bittersweetly.


15 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed