6.3/10
454
13 user 4 critic

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)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After Police Captain Dan McLaren becomes police commissioner former detective Johnny Blake knocks him down convincing rackets boss Al Kruger that Blake is sincere in his effort to join the ... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Barton MacLane
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Manhattan gangster John "Czar" Martin enters the trucking business in an effort to control the produce market. When he catches popular trucker Danny Jordan robbing the gang's office to ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, George Brent, Gloria Dickson
Isle of Fury (1936)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In the South Seas, Val Stevens and Lucille Gordon are getting married when a ship goes down offshore. Val rescues Captain Deever and passenger Eric Blacke. Later Eric saves Val from an ... See full summary »

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Woods
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A radio network manager's boss makes him air a Serial based on a murder, tormenting a woman involved.

Directors: William C. McGann, William C. McGann
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Beverly Roberts, Linda Perry
Stand-In (1937)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A New York bank plans to sell a Hollywood studio at a big loss. But the head accountant is suspicious and goes to investigate. He finds chicanery, romance, and help to save the studio.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Leslie Howard, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Blondell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A by-the-book patrolman who cares more about the letter of the law than justice feels guilty when his inflexibility sends a family man to prison.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Sybil Jason
San Quentin (1937)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An army trainer becomes captain of the prison yard and in time, falls for the sister of a hardened inmate.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After the killing of her husband by friendly fire during a police raid, Dr. Carol Nelson tries to find gangster Joe Gurney to clear her name with the medical board.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Kay Francis, James Stephenson
Midnight (1934)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The foreman of a jury asks questions that send a woman to the electric chair for a murder committed in the heat of passion. On the night of the execution, his actions come back to haunt him.

Director: Chester Erskine
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Fox, O.P. Heggie
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Promoter Ed Hatch comes to the Ozarks with his slow-witted wrestler Joe Skopapoulos whom he pits against a hillbilly Amazon blacksmith, Sadie Horn. Joe falls in love with her and won't ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Louise Fazenda
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Alcoholic newspaperman Lew Marsh hits bottom, loses his job and is rehabilitated by Charley Dolan. After six years on the wagon he gets his job back and devotes himself to other recovering ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: James Cagney, Phyllis Thaxter, Raymond Massey
Crime School (1938)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A gang of underprivileged teenagers are sentenced to serve two years in a reform school after almost killing a criminal fence who attacked them.

Directors: Lewis Seiler, William Clemens
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, The Dead End Kids, Gale Page
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Henry Stephenson and Ted Thompson are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Goofs

The position of Bogart's hand changes position in a scene with Pat O'Brien. See more »

Quotes

Mr. B.C. Hill: [to Dave] You aviators are swell people, but you're too visionary, too friendly, too easy-going. You're daydreamers instead of go-getters. In a way, you've got to be crazy. You're not satisfied to live with flying - you've got to be in love with it.
See more »

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Don't let the title fool you
8 July 2012 | by suttonstreet-imbdSee all my reviews

This movie has very little to do with the actual China Clipper or even with aviation for that matter. It is basically an on-the-ground Hollywood fantasy that uses airplanes as a kind of backdrop for yet another lone-hero-overcoming-all-odds-to-succeed-while-sacrificing– true-friendship-and-love boilerplate script. Inspired designs for a new type of plane conceived in 2 minutes on the back of a diner napkin, arrogant ultimatums delivered by the financiers who don't understand that the future of aviation is at stake, brave pilots who are willing to risk their lives in the name of progress, and the women-folks, those gentle guardians of home and hearth who love their man – but not enough to sacrifice the sanctity of the family.

All this movie has going for it are some decent actors who have a pretty good go at it, but I can only imagine the sarcastic quips they exchanged in the evening after a few drinks. Pat O'Brien is his usual forthright self, Bogart is quite good as the hot-tempered sidekick pilot, and of special note is one of the few appearances of the personable and short-lived Ross Alexander. But the advertised stars of the show, the airplanes themselves, rarely make an appearance. The unfortunate character here is history itself, which gets very short shrift in this mangled, comic-book re-telling of what was a much larger, and quite interesting effort to establish air routes across the Pacific by Pan American.

Even if you manage to achieve the proper suspension of disbelief necessary to watch this film, what remains is simply not that entertaining.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed