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Central Airport (1933)

Unrated | | Drama | 15 April 1933 (USA)
Aviator Jim Blaine and his brother Neil are rivals not only as daredevil flyers, but also for the love of parachutist Jill Collins.

Directors:

William A. Wellman, Alfred E. Green (uncredited)

Writers:

Rian James (screenplay), Jack Moffitt (story "Hawk's Mate") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Barthelmess ... James 'Jim' Blaine
Sally Eilers ... Jill Collins
Tom Brown ... Neil 'Bud' Blaine
Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Blaine
James Murray ... Eddie Hughes
Claire McDowell ... Mrs. Blaine
Willard Robertson ... Havana Airport Manager
Arthur Vinton ... Amarillo Airport Manager
Charles Sellon ... Man in Wreck (scenes deleted)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert W. Craig Robert W. Craig ... Chef (scenes deleted)
Harold Huber ... Swarthy Man (scenes deleted)
Milton Kibbee ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Commercial pilot Jim Blair is blackballed after his plane crashes in a thunderstorm. Depressed, he begins working as a bank teller until he meets beautiful Jill Collins, a barnstorming parachutist working with her daredevil pilot brother. Jim's immediately attracted, and when her brother's killed in a freak crash, he reveals his past to her and volunteers to replace her dead sibling in their air carnival act. As they tour throughout the Southwest, their affection turns physically intimate when they're on the road as they characteristically sleep in adjoining hotel rooms. Jill wants marriage but is resisted by Jim, who believes that his risky lifestyle precludes the luxury of a wife and family. When Jim's brother Bud joins them, he too is immediately attracted to Jill but respects his brother's relationship, However, after another freak accident puts Jim in the hospital for a prolonged convalescence, Jim returns to find them married and in bed together. Angry and bitter, he becomes a ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Find out why this world-famous adventurer carries a wedding ring that has never been worn...Why he will never go back to the town he started from!...Why his own brother never speaks his name! (Print Ad- Plattsburg Daily Republican, ((Plattsburg, NY)) 9 June 1933) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aeropuerto Central See more »

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Budget:

$365,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane depicted as having crashed at the beginning of the film is a Ford Trimotor, registration NC127H. However, this number belonged (and as of 2018 still does) to a 1929 Curtis Robin. The squadron of biplanes shown taking off simultaneously for the search are Boeing P-12s. In that sequence, a twin-engine biplane can be seen, which is a rare glimpse of a Keystone LB-7, of which only 18 were made and was used as a light bomber by the U.S. Army Air Corps. See more »

Goofs

When the camera moves from a position between Sally Eilers' and Richard Barthelmess' hotel rooms to the left, her room can be seen from his, revealing the missing fourth wall of the set. See more »

Quotes

James 'Jim' Blaine: A fella who flies for a living - what right does he have to get married?
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Referenced in The Sid Saga Part 2 (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Rememb'ring
(uncredited)
Written by Rosetta Duncan and Vivian Duncan
Played and sung on a record in a jukebox
Hummed by Sally Eilers and whistled by Richard Barthelmess
Played as background music often
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Spectacular flying scenes compensate for weak romantic triangle...
12 March 2012 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

William Wellman knew his stuff when it came to airplanes and proof of this are the early scenes in CENTRAL AIRPORT when Richard Barthelmess witnesses a stunt flier going through some dangerous routines alongside an onrushing train. We later find out that the flier is Richard's brother (played by Tom Brown).

But the numerous flying scenes are the only compensation in this pre-code aviation drama about two brothers in love with the same woman (Sally Eilers), herself a stunt pilot for a circus. And there's a "meet cute" scene when she and Bartholomess first meet and she's stuck in her parachute atop a tree limb. Unfortunately, their story goes downhill from this point with some racy pre-code scenes thrown in during their bumpy romance.

However, the story of two brothers in love with the same girl is tired stuff, used so often by Warner Brothers that it became a big cliché in films like "Wings of the Navy" ('39) where Navy pilots George Brent and John Payne both love Olivia de Havilland.

The book "Warner Brothers Presents" sums up CENTRAL AIRPORT in one sentence: "Airplane stuff well done, despite deficiencies in every other department."


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