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Ceiling Zero (1936)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 16 January 1936 (USA)
War veteran pilots Dizzy Davis, Texas Clark and Jake Lee are working in an airline in Newark. Dizzy is flirting with the girlfriend of a younger pilot and, due to this, he feigns illness to... See full summary »

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Frank Wead (play), Frank Wead (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Dizzy Davis
Pat O'Brien ... Jake L. Lee
June Travis ... Tommy Thomas
Stuart Erwin ... Texas Clarke
Barton MacLane ... Al Stone
Henry Wadsworth ... Tay Lawson
Martha Tibbetts Martha Tibbetts ... Mary Miller Lee
Isabel Jewell ... Lou Clarke
Craig Reynolds ... Joe Allen
Dick Purcell ... Smiley (as Dick Purcell)
Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Eddie Payson
Addison Richards ... Fred Adams
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Mike Owens
Edward Gargan ... Doc Wilson
Robert Light ... Les Bogan
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Storyline

War veteran pilots Dizzy Davis, Texas Clark and Jake Lee are working in an airline in Newark. Dizzy is flirting with the girlfriend of a younger pilot and, due to this, he feigns illness to get Texas to take his flight assignment to Cleveland. Returning from Cleveland to Newark, Texas' plane crashes attempting to land on the airfield under extremely bad weather circumstances and he dies from this accident. Dizzy feels guilty for his friend's death and takes the next flight to Cleveland under even worse circumstances, testing a new anti-ice device on the plane. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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BLAZING THE AIR TRAILS OF THE WORLD WITH THE STARS OF "DEVIL DOGS! (original herald-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Águilas heroicas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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(1935). Stage Play: Ceiling Zero. Written by Frank Wead [only Broadway credit]. Scenic Design by John Root. Directed by Antoinette Perry. Music Box Theatre: 10 Apr 1935- Jul 1935 (closing date unknown/104 performances). Cast: John Bohn (as "Les Bogan"), John Boruff, Geoffrey Bryant (as "Bob Wilkins"), Chester Clute (as "Baldy Wright") [final Broadway role], John Drew Colt (as "Dick Peterson"), Joseph Downing, Walter Greaza (as "Al Stone"), Gladys Griswold (as "Dodo Harvey"), Alan Hale Jr. (as "Tay Lawson"), John F. Hamilton (as Mike Owens"), Nedda Harrigan (as "Mary Lee"), John Huntington (as "Joe Allen"), Hope Lawder, John Litel, Osgood Perkins (as "Jake Lee"), Margaret Perry (as "Tommy Thomas"), Philip Remar (as "Jerry Stevens"), Grandon Rhodes (as "Fred Adams"), G. Albert Smith (as "Texas Clark"), Ben Starkie (as "Eddie Payson"), James Todd (as "Smiley Johnson"). Produced by Brock Pemberton. Note: Filmed by Cosmopolitan Productions [distributed by Warner Bros.] as Ceiling Zero (1936) (as a James Cagney vehicle, in the role originated on stage by John Litel), and by Warner Bros. as International Squadron (1941). See more »

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Version of International Squadron (1941) See more »

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Dear Old Pal of Mine
(uncredited)
Music by Gitz Rice
Lyrics by Harold A. Robe
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Cardboard Hawks.
22 October 2000 | by SorsimusSee all my reviews

Howard Hawks is undoubtedly one of the great Hollywood directors, but unfortunately not even his track record is 100%. Ceiling Zero is not a bad film, it just isn't a good one either. Apart from a brilliant performance from Jimmy Cagney there is nothing much to remember: the script is a cliche, supporting cast are "hammy" and worst of all the set decoration is awful. The airport control room looks like something out of an Ed Wood movie. Watch this if you do not have anything better to do but do not invest any money!


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