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F. P. 1 Doesn't Answer (1933)

F.P.1 (original title)
Passed | | Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 3 April 1933 (UK)
(1932) Conrad Veldt, Jill Esmond, Leslie Fenton. Right out of Amazing Stories. A gigantic floating platform is built in the mid-Atlantic for use as a oceanic airport. However, its ... See full summary »


Karl Hartl


Curt Siodmak (novel), Curt Siodmak (screenplay) | 4 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Conrad Veidt ... Maj. Ellissen
Jill Esmond ... Claire Lennartz
Leslie Fenton ... Capt. B.E. Droste
George Merritt ... Lubin
Donald Calthrop ... Sunshine, the Photographer
Alexander Field Alexander Field ... A Sailor
Francis L. Sullivan ... A Sailor
Warwick Ward ... First Officer
Nicholas Hannen ... Matthias Lennartz
William Freshman William Freshman ... Conrad Lennartz
Philipp Manning Philipp Manning ... Ship's Doctor (as Dr. Phillip Manning)


(1932) Conrad Veldt, Jill Esmond, Leslie Fenton. Right out of Amazing Stories. A gigantic floating platform is built in the mid-Atlantic for use as a oceanic airport. However, its destruction seems imminent at the hands of foreign saboteurs. 16mm.

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Fantasy | Sci-Fi





UK | France | Germany



Release Date:

3 April 1933 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

F. P. 1 Doesn't Answer See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony, Germany See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


During a scene Conrad Veidt's character says: "You see, Drost (Leslie Fenton's character) and I have known each other for years". That was true in real life too. Conrad Veidt and Leslie Fenton had played opposite each other in the 1929 silent, "The Last Performance". See more »

Alternate Versions

Filmed simulataneously with different casts and in three languages by Karl Hartl. See more »


Alternate-language version of I.F.1 ne répond plus (1933) See more »


Where the Lighthouse Shines Across the Bay
Music by Allan Gray
Lyrics by Donovan Parsons
Performed by Conrad Veidt
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It seemed a good idea,at the time!
21 February 2004 | by mail-671See all my reviews

This was one of those early 30s attempts to look into the future but with more imagination than practicality little realizing how the technology and fascination of cross-channel air travel would swiftly develop. There was also the idea mooted in "TransAtlantic Tunnel"(1935)which featured Richard Dix & George Arliss that virtually sunk without trace but then actually sort of became reality with the excavation & opening of the(English) Channel Tunnel now a popular and functional reality to change access to Europe forever. But H G Wells got it right in a somewhat ironic way in "Things To Come".

I would like to correct a blind error of confusion & hindsight by some critics who should know better. The film had a long forgotten theme song "Lighthouse Across The Bay" which was later released on record. Conrad Veidt did not sing to this recording, he only recited the words pretty much as Rex Harrison preferred to do in "Dr Doolittle" much later.

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