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Dirigible (1931)

Passed | | Adventure | 4 April 1931 (USA)
Jack Bradon is tasked to reach the South Pole with a dirigible.

Director:

Frank Capra (as Frank R. Capra)

Writers:

Frank Wead (story) (as Commander Frank Wilber Wead U.S.N.), Jo Swerling (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Holt ... Jack Bradon
Ralph Graves ... 'Frisky' Pierce
Fay Wray ... Helen Pierce
Hobart Bosworth ... Louis Rondelle
Roscoe Karns ... Sock McGuire
Harold Goodwin ... Hansen
Clarence Muse ... Clarence
Emmett Corrigan ... Rear Adm. John S. Martin (as Emmet Corrigan)
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Storyline

A French explorer enlists the help of the US Navy in an expedition to the South Pole. There is competition between the airship division and fixed wing fliers, resolved in triumph and disasters. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Giant epic of the air! (One-sheet poster).

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Luftschiff See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In his article in the December 1972 issue of Film Fan Monthly, Edward Bernds remembers: "As for sound effects I've recorded, I recall having a rough time with the sound effects for 'Dirigible'. Do you recall a scene in the picture in which Jack Holt, in the midst of the storm that eventually destroys the dirigible, inspects the girders of his airship? In a close shot, the girder twists and begins to disintegrate before our eyes. The girder was made of lead, and a couple of husky special-effects men were applying the twist off-stage. I recall spending days trying to get something to simulate the sound of rending metal." See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, the Capitol Dome is shown outside of Admiral Martin's window. The Navy Yard is over 2 miles from the Capitol and it would not be seen from inside his office. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

You're In The Army Now
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Sung a bit a cappella by Ralph Graves with modified lyrics
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It captures a bygone era's sense of adventure
12 January 2007 | by dbarton-1See all my reviews

I liked this film for it conveys a can-do-attitude that was so prevalent in America at that time. This movie was made (1931) in a time when man was just beginning to test the limits of himself, machine, and the elements (it was only 5 years earlier in 1927 that Limbergh crossed the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis.) This movie focused on the race to the south pole and it made for good entertainment. The special effects for the time were very good.

The human interest aspect of the film showed the negative side of ambition (how it affected a marriage and a friendship)this I found interesting. The character development in the one, Frisky, was especially satisfying.

I would recommend this movie to anyone--however do not compare it to the movies of our time--that would be a disservice to the movie.


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