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Flight Angels (1940)

Approved | | Romance, Comedy, Drama | 18 May 1940 (USA)
Federal Airlines ace pilot Chick Faber is grounded by Flight Superintendent Bill Graves when a doctor says his eyesight is failing. Aided by Mary Norvell and Nan Hudson, Graves persuades ... See full summary »


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Maurice Leo (screen play), Jerry Wald (from an original story by) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Bruce ... Mary Norvell
Dennis Morgan ... Chick Farber
Wayne Morris ... Artie Dixon
Ralph Bellamy ... Bill Graves
Jane Wyman ... Nan Hudson
John Litel ... Dr. Barclay
Margot Stevenson ... Rita
Dorothea Kent ... Mabel
John Ridgely ... Lt. Parsons
Lucile Fairbanks ... Thelma
Maris Wrixon ... Bonnie
Jan Clayton ... Jane Morrow
Lynn Merrick ... Marilyn (as Marilyn Merrick)
Phyllis Hamilton Phyllis Hamilton ... Phyllis
Carol Hughes ... Texas


Federal Airlines ace pilot Chick Faber is grounded by Flight Superintendent Bill Graves when a doctor says his eyesight is failing. Aided by Mary Norvell and Nan Hudson, Graves persuades Chick to take a job as teacher in the school for airline hostesses, and Chick and Mary get married. He learns that the Army is going to test a stratosphere plane that he and Artie Dixon designed and feels that he should make the first flight but permission is refused. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Women Are TOUGH Angels... They Can Handle Anything That Flies... Except A Pilot!


Romance | Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

18 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flight Eight See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "Stratosphere" airplane in the film is a Lockheed 12A Electra Junior, registration NC17342. The "NC" part had been painted over and replaced by an "X" to indicate it was experimental for this film. It had appeared in many other films, including Rosalie (1937), Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939), Secret Service of the Air (1939), Mercy Plane (1939) and Murder Over New York (1940). This plane was built in 1936 and sold to a private company. It was subsequently used by the RCAF in WWII with registration CF-BRK (RCAF 7653). Returned to the USA in 1944, it's was last known to be flying with registration N505 for the Cape and Islands Flight Service in Massachusetts until 1965. A total of 130 were built from 1936 to 1941. See more »


The plane shown boarding at the beginning of the film has registration NC16002. However, the model used to show it in flight has registration NC17333 - an airplane that will be seen later in the film named "Flagship Chicago". See more »

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No more than a Warner Bros. programmer...
4 January 2008 | by Neil DoyleSee all my reviews

FLIGHT ANGELS is one of the scripts Olivia de Havilland turned down and was put on suspension for refusing to do after her success in GWTW. It's easy to see why. De Havilland was to play the VIRGINIA BRUCE role of the stewardess pursued by DENNIS MORGAN, as bland a role as Bruce ever had. Her career was on the downswing at this time.

It's really no more than a competent programmer designed to give exposure to Morgan and JANE WYMAN who were the studio's busiest contract stars and one can easily see that Olivia deserved better material than this. Wyman has her usual role as the heroine's brassy best friend and Morgan simply dispenses his usual Irish charm with WAYNE MORRIS as co-pilot.

From the very start, it's a compilation of tired clichés, unbelievably vapid dialogue, sexist depiction of females with nothing on their empty minds but fighting over men, and, in general, runs downhill when we're subjected to a lot of silly shenanigans by Jane Wyman, angry with her boyfriend Wayne Morris.

On the serious side, JOHN LITEL gives DENNIS MORGAN an eye exam that shows he shouldn't be flying planes and the rest of the predictable plot deals with Morgan's dilemma. At least the dramatic moments are easier to take than the ill advised attempts at comedy.

Summing up: This one was grounded from the start with a worthless script.

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