Socially-conscious banker Thomas Dickson faces a crisis when his protégé is wrongly accused for robbing the bank, gossip of the robbery starts a bank run, and evidence suggests Dickson's wife had an affair...all in the same day.
The naive newspaper cub Clem lands a scoop when he's sent out to cover a murder. In his enthusiasm he writes that the main suspect is Jane. When she confronts Clem she convinces him to help her prove her innocence.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
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
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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 »
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 »
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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