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13 Hours by Air (1936)

Thirteen Hours by Air (original title)
Approved | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 30 April 1936 (USA)
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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It Seemed Like Thirteen Hours To Watch
9 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Pilot Fred MacMurray likes the looks of Joan Bennett (which is the last plot point of this movie I enjoyed). He takes her flight to San Francisco. But there's been a jewel robbery, and she's tried to pay for her ticket with a ring. There are people who want the plane to get to San Francisco and people who don't and are willing to get mean about it. And pretty soon I didn't care much either way.

It's an okay flick directed by Mitchell Leisen, who was always good at the visuals in a movie, and could get a decent performance out of Fred MacMurray. Anyone could get a decent performance out of Fred MacMurray, since except for two movies directed by Billy Wilder, he played the same character in 86 movies and almost four hundred episodes of MY THREE SONS. The problem is that this movie reeks of it being Hollywood Danger During The Code Era, which means that good will triumph, everyone will live and MacMurray will get Joan Bennett. So since there are no good jokes -- Zasu Pitts is aboard the plane and I usually love her, but she's so annoying and whiny and futile that I was hoping she'd get shot -- I didn't care. We've seen the heroic people stranded in a plane a hundred times. John Farrow liked to make that movie a lot. We've seen Hollywood Danger and it's real, where people actually die -- think ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS. There the stakes are high and real. But this is only Hollywood Danger, so I didn't really care.


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