Charles 'Slim' Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo transatlantic crossing.


Billy Wilder


Charles A. Lindbergh (based on the book by), Billy Wilder (screen play by) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Charles Augustus 'Slim' Lindbergh
Murray Hamilton ... Bud Gurney
Patricia Smith ... Mirror Girl
Bartlett Robinson ... Benjamin Frank Mahoney - President, Ryan Airlines Co.
Marc Connelly ... Father Hussman
Arthur Space ... Donald Hall - Chief Engineer, Ryan Airlines
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... O.W. Schultz - Salesman, Atlas Suspender Co.


Biography of Charles Lindbergh from his days of precarious mail runs in aviation's infancy to his design of a small transatlantic plane and the vicissitudes of its takeoff and epochal flight from New York to Paris in 1927. Written by Paul Emmons <>

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On the morning of the flight, Lindbergh was in a close race to be the first into the air. His most pressing threat came from, Clarence Chamberlin, and his copilot whom, at a nearby field, had a fully prepared, record breaking, Wright/Bellanca, just waiting for clearance to takeoff. Funny thing, that copilot was, Charles A. Levine, the same smart mouthed, bald headed, President of Columbia Aircraft, who had only months earlier refused to sell Lindbergh an airplane. See more »


When "mirror girl" is riding the train home to Philadelphia, the background scenery is going north, not south. See more »


[first lines]
Reporter: [checking his copy] Here at the Garden City Hotel, less than a mile from Roosevelt Field... less than three-quarters of a mile from Roosevelt Field... everyone is waiting, as they have been now for seven days and nights, waiting for the rain to stop...
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Spirit of Independence
Music by Abe Holzmann
Played during the aerial circus
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The Good and Bad Of This "Spirit"
30 November 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is as close to a one-man show as you're ever going to see on film as Jimmy Stewart dominates the picture while all others just have bit roles.

I found it interesting because I find Charles Lindberg's feat amazing and worth watching. I also enjoyed the widescreen picture. I'm surprised it's not available on DVD. The most amazing part of Lindberg's feat, from what I discovered watching the movie, was that he went 30 hours without sleep before he even took off! To stay awake for the entire trip to Paris after that was incredible.

To keep the viewers' interest, the film flashes back a number of times to Lindberg's earlier days and most of that is pretty interesting. Yes, there are some lulls in here and the movie could have been shortened from its 138 minutes but Stewart does a nice job of entertaining us, as he usually did.

I do have one question, one complaint and one suggestion. My question is, "Why is there no mention of his wife, Anne Morrow?" Odd, they totally left her out of this. She was famous in her own right.

My complaint is the emphasis - it's brought up twice in case you missed it the first time - on Lindberg not believing in prayer, only the things he could see. Pagan Hollywood just has to get their agenda in, and much of it began in the 1950s when moral restrictions began to slowly ease. This is just one more example.

They also left out what happened right after the flight, thus making the film more of a story about the voyage than of Lindberg's aviation career. Too bad, because, as many of you might know, his son's kidnapping is one of the biggest stories of that era. My suggestion then is that a full biography, with the emphasis on this flight across the Atlantic, might have been a better way to go. I think you would see that with a re-make, along with a faster- moving film.

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20 April 1957 (USA) See more »

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