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Ceiling Zero (1936) Poster

(1936)

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 27, 1939 with James Cagney reprising his film role.
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The play premiered at the Music Box Theatre on 10 April 1935 and ran for 104 performances. John Litel and Osgood Perkins played the parts portrayed by James Cagney and Pat O'Brien in the film.
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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).
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Frank "Spig" Wead who wrote both the original Broadway play and the screenplay for this film, would later be portrayed by John Wayne in the John Ford film "On Wings of Eagles".
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Columbus Thursday 2 August 1956 on WTVN (Channel 6), in Tucson Monday 13 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), in Indianapolis Saturday 18 August 1956 on WISH (Channel 8), and in Cincinnati Wednesday 5 December 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12).
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After the 1993 VHS release, legal complications reared their ugly heads, and this title was taken off the market; as a result there has, so far, never been a DVD release, and except for a single presentation in May 1994, it's never been broadcast on Turner Classic Movies. The remake, International Squadron (1941), also fell into the same legal quagmire and has never been released on VHS nor DVD nor aired on TCM. These are the only James Cagney and Ronald Reagan titles to remain legally unavailable for public viewing at this time.
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