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Flight Angels (1940)

Approved | | Romance, Comedy, Drama | 18 May 1940 (USA)
Federal Airlines ace pilot Chick Faber is grounded by Flight Superintendent Bill Graves when a doctor says his eyesight is failing. Aided by Mary Norvell and Nan Hudson, Graves persuades ... See full summary »


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Maurice Leo (screen play), Jerry Wald (from an original story by) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Bruce ... Mary Norvell
Dennis Morgan ... Chick Farber
Wayne Morris ... Artie Dixon
Ralph Bellamy ... Bill Graves
Jane Wyman ... Nan Hudson
John Litel ... Dr. Barclay
Margot Stevenson ... Rita
Dorothea Kent ... Mabel
John Ridgely ... Lt. Parsons
Lucile Fairbanks ... Thelma
Maris Wrixon ... Bonnie
Jan Clayton ... Jane Morrow
Lynn Merrick ... Marilyn (as Marilyn Merrick)
Phyllis Hamilton Phyllis Hamilton ... Phyllis
Carol Hughes ... Texas


Federal Airlines ace pilot Chick Faber is grounded by Flight Superintendent Bill Graves when a doctor says his eyesight is failing. Aided by Mary Norvell and Nan Hudson, Graves persuades Chick to take a job as teacher in the school for airline hostesses, and Chick and Mary get married. He learns that the Army is going to test a stratosphere plane that he and Artie Dixon designed and feels that he should make the first flight but permission is refused. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Women Are TOUGH Angels... They Can Handle Anything That Flies... Except A Pilot!


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Release Date:

18 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flight Eight See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "Stratosphere" airplane in the film is a Lockheed 12A Electra Junior, registration NC17342. The "NC" part had been painted over and replaced by an "X" to indicate it was experimental for this film. It had appeared in many other films, including Rosalie (1937), Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939), Secret Service of the Air (1939), Mercy Plane (1939) and Murder Over New York (1940). This plane was built in 1936 and sold to a private company. It was subsequently used by the RCAF in WWII with registration CF-BRK (RCAF 7653). Returned to the USA in 1944, it's was last known to be flying with registration N505 for the Cape and Islands Flight Service in Massachusetts until 1965. A total of 130 were built from 1936 to 1941. See more »


When the plane has finished boarding and the pilot waves good-bye and starts to taxi, the officer near the rear of the plane appears to be in front of the tailplane. When the camera angle changes, he's behind the tailplane, but we didn't see him duck or move out of the way. See more »

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Training the women of aviation
17 June 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Despite the exploits of Amelia Earhart which had already passed into legend it was clear that the place for women in the aviation profession was that of stewardess. So while Dennis Morgan and Wayne Morris fly the planes and break women's hearts in every place that has an airport, it's Virginia Bruce who is training the women to serve the passengers. Bruce and her best friend Jane Wyman have it bad for Morgan and Morris. But these two are having a great old time.

That is until some eye trouble grounds Morgan. And airline boss Ralph Bellamy gives Morgan a job showing the stewardesses the rudimentaries of flight. They actually get serious and get married and the usual complications follow.

Flight Angels was your typical routine B programmer from Warner Brothers. Jane Wyman was getting routinely cast in these things in the same part as the heroine's best friend. She could have been a second Eve Arden had she not gotten a break in The Lost Weekend and The Yearling and shown her acting chops.

Enjoyable, but routine.

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