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China Clipper (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 22 August 1936 (USA)
Dave Logan takes his regional Pan American airline and with vision and sometimes ruthless determination establishes pan-American and trans-Pacific routes.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writer:

Frank Wead (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Brien ... Dave Logan
Beverly Roberts ... Jean Logan
Ross Alexander ... Tom Collins
Humphrey Bogart ... Hap Stuart
Marie Wilson ... Sunny Avery
Joseph Crehan ... Jim Horn
Joe King ... Mr. Pierson (as Joseph King)
Addison Richards ... Mr. B.C. Hill
Ruth Robinson Ruth Robinson ... Mother Brunn
Henry B. Walthall ... Dad Brunn
Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Radio Operator on Clipper
Lyle Moraine Lyle Moraine ... Co-pilot on Clipper
Dennis Moore ... Engineer on Clipper
Wayne Morris ... Navigator on Clipper
Alexander Cross ... Bill Andrews
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Storyline

Inspired by Lindbergh's flight, Dave Logan sets out with a Washington-Philadelphia airline but suffers financial problems. With flying ace Hap Stuart he tries clipper ships on the Caribbean, then aims for the trans-Pacific route. His relentless ambition forces those closest to him to abandon him. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

THRILL TO A NEW TRIUMPH! LOVE SPANS THE PERILOUS PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Courrier de Chine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Saturday 27 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9) and in New York City Sunday 28 October 1956 on WABD (Channel 5); it first aired in Bloomington IN Wednesday 19 December 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4), in San Francisco Tuesday 8 January 1957 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Cincinnati Sunday 20 January 1957 on WKRC (Channel 12), in Miami Thursday 7 February 1957 on WTVJ (Channel 4), and in Chicago Monday 8 April 1957 on WGN (Channel 9). See more »

Goofs

The character names of Lyle Moraine and Dennis Moore are switched in the end credits. Moore was the Co-pilot and Moraine the engineer. See more »

Quotes

Tom Collins: [Looking suspiciously at some aggressive sea gulls] Hey, do goony birds have teeth?
Engineer on Clipper: Why?
Tom Collins: I was just wondering, that's all.
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Connections

Featured in Breakdowns of 1937 (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

National Emblem
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by Edwin Eugene Bagley
Played at the parade celebrating Lindbergh's flight
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who the actors portray in the film
2 April 2006 | by stevemac65See all my reviews

PanAmerican was asked about participating in the making of the movie before it was made. Pan American declined. So the movie was made "fictional." Pat O'Brien of course represents Juan Trippe. Ross Alexander represents Capt. Hugh Wells. Humphrey Bogart represents Capt. Ed Musick. Ed Musik Jr. and grandson Chuck Musik both flew later for Eastern Airlines.

Today, Dinner key still exists in Miami. The former PanAmerican terminal is now Miami City Hall. The hangars are still there at Dinner Key and are mostly in disrepair; used for boating interests.

Besides the excellent Golden Gate picture, I believe there is also a shot of the Bay Bridge, but you have to look quickly.


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