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Flight (1929)

Passed | | Adventure | 1930 (Austria)
A Marine flyer and his flight school mentor fall for the same beautiful nurse.

Director:

Frank Capra (as Frank R. Capra)

Writers:

Ralph Graves (story), Frank Capra (dialogue) (as Frank R. Capra)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Holt ... Panama Williams
Lila Lee ... Elinor Baring
Ralph Graves ... 'Lefty' Phelps
Alan Roscoe ... Major James D. Rowell
Harold Goodwin ... Steve Roberts (as Harald Goodwin)
Jimmy De La Cruze Jimmy De La Cruze ... General Lobo
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Storyline

A Marine flyer and his flight school mentor fall for the same beautiful nurse.

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Taglines:

Two he-men dare death in the skies! They're pals until both fall in love with the same girl-and then! (Print Ad-The Milwaukee Sentinel,((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 5 December 1929) See more »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1930 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Flieger See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Director Frank Capra was upset with Jack Holt's refusal to stand up in the plane that was flying, until he learned that Holt had been playing with the ripcord. The parachute had opened, and had Holt stood up he would have been dragged out of the plane. A red ribbon was tied to Holt's ripcord for the remainder of filming. See more »

Goofs

In the football game at the beginning of the film, when Lefty is hiked the ball, the camera is shooting through the center's legs. In the background you can see the grandstands at the far end-zone are completely empty of fans. See more »

Quotes

Steve Roberts: [On the Nicaraguan rebels] You know damn well what's going to happen if these people come along and catch you alive.
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Soundtracks

La Paloma
(1861) (uncredited)
Music by Sebastián Yradier
Played by a band in Nicaragua
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Capra Wings it.
25 May 2009 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Frank Capra takes to the air in this rip off of William Wellman's silent Wings (27) but it never gets off the ground. Capra seems ill equipped to deal with aviation the way WW 1 pilot Wellman is and it shows early on.

Footballer Lefty Phelps makes headlines when he runs the wrong way (ala Roy "Wrong Way" Rigel's Rose Bowl gaffe) in the big game. Shamed beyond belief he joins the Marines after meeting the admirable Panama Williams who offers sympathy and advice. Phelps ends up training to be a pilot under Williams command but he washes out. He stays on in a non-pilot capacity and begins to romance Panama's desire Nurse Murray. Friction ensues between the two but there's a rebellion to fight in Central America and this enables Lefty to redeem himself.

Flight is at a disadvantage from the start due to progress-sound. 29 was a transitional year in sound and it hampers the action and performances. Because cameras were so noisy they had to be sound proofed, restricting movement. Actors were untested in voice and nuance when it came to sound and Capra regular Ralph Graves as Lefty sulking and lumbering about comes up short in both. Tim Holt's father fares far better and Lilla Lee sporting eye lashes as wide as the wings on Von Richthofen's Fokker is more Boop than Bara.

Capra's mise en scene and editing are pedestrian with actors poorly posed (once again to accommodate the microphone) and reacting foolishly to off screen action. There are some decent air acrobatics and a striking approach shot to an enemy fortress but special effects are glaringly poor in spots and overall it remains inferior in every aspect to Wings and thus reaffirms that Silents are golden, especially when its accompanied by a rousing pipe organ score.


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