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13 Hours by Air (1936)

Thirteen Hours by Air (original title)
Airline pilot Jack Gordon (Fred MacMurray) on a flight from New York to San Francisco, is immediately attracted to beautiful passenger Felice Rollins (Joan Bennett). Known as a "lady's man"... See full summary »

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Bogart Rogers (story "Wild Wings"), Frank Mitchell Dazey (story "Wild Wings") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred MacMurray ... Jack Gordon
Joan Bennett ... Felice Rollins
Zasu Pitts ... Miss Harkins
John Howard ... Freddie Scott
Benny Bartlett ... Waldemar Pitt III (as Bennie Bartlett)
Grace Bradley ... Trixie La Brey
Alan Baxter ... Curtis Palmer
Brian Donlevy ... Dr. James L. Evarts
Ruth Donnelly ... Vi Johnson - Stewardess
Fred Keating ... Count Gregore Stephani
Adrienne Marden Adrienne Marden ... Ann McKenna - Stewardess
Dean Jagger ... Hap Waller
Mildred Stone Mildred Stone ... Ruth Bradford - Stewardess
Jack Mulhall ... Horace Lander - Reservations Clerk
Clyde Dilson Clyde Dilson ... Fat Richhauser
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Storyline

Airline pilot Jack Gordon (Fred MacMurray) on a flight from New York to San Francisco, is immediately attracted to beautiful passenger Felice Rollins (Joan Bennett). Known as a "lady's man", he bets stewardess Vi Johnson (Ruth Donnelly) that he will take Felice out to dinner that evening. A jewel robbery is in the news and a beautiful blonde is implicated, with Jack suspecting that Felice may be the culprit. On a stop over in Chicago, Jack learns instead that his passenger is a wealthy socialite at odds with another passenger, Count Stephani (Fred Keating). Jack worries that he may have a crisis involving the Count when he finds Stephani has a gun aboard. Other passengers include Dr. Evarts (Brian Donlevy) and Curtis Palmer (Alan Baxter, both of whom seem to be harboring a secret. Felice is trying to get to San Francisco in order to prevent her sister from marrying the Count's brother, but the flight runs into bad weather. Jack and Freddie Scott (John Howard), his co-pilot are ...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

13 Hours by Air See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Fred MacMurray (1961) See more »

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A very satisfying flight
29 April 2002 | by cygnus58See all my reviews

"Thirteen Hours by Air" is a fun little movie that's quick, surprising, and doesn't overstay its welcome. Mitchell Leisen, an underrated director, is usually associated with screwball comedy or romantic melodrama, and there's a little of each in this film, but it's a pleasant surprise to see that he can handle a brisk thriller as well. Like most movies featuring airplane trips, it includes a hodgepodge of characters involved in separate plots, but they blend together nicely, and the script includes a few neat twists that are bound to surprise anyone expecting the usual cliches. MacMurray and Bennett make an appealing team, ZaSu Pitts is, as usual, a joy, and the various airports are designed in an eye-catching art deco style. It's not a classic, but it's certainly a much better film than I expected, and it deserves to be rescued from whatever deep, dark closet it has been hidden in for too many years.


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