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Night Flight (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 6 October 1933 (USA)
Polio breaks out in Rio de Janeiro, the serum is in Santiago and there's only one way to get the medicine where it's desperately needed: flown in by daring pilots who risk the treacherous weather and forbidding peaks of the Andes.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (novel), Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Barrymore ... Riviere
Helen Hayes ... Simone Fabian
Clark Gable ... Jules Fabian
Lionel Barrymore ... Insp. Robineau
Robert Montgomery ... Auguste Pellerin
Myrna Loy ... Wife of Brazilian Pilot
William Gargan ... Brazilian Pilot
C. Henry Gordon ... Daudet
Leslie Fenton ... Jules' Radio Operator / Co-Pilot
Harry Beresford ... Pierre Roblet
Frank Conroy ... Radio Operator
Dorothy Burgess ... Pellerin's Girlfriend
Irving Pichel ... Dr. Decosta
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Worried Mother
Buster Phelps ... Sick Child
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Storyline

Polio breaks out in Rio de Janeiro, the serum is in Santiago and there's only one way to get the medicine where it's desperately needed: flown in by daring pilots who risk the treacherous weather and forbidding peaks of the Andes.

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Taglines:

So big and compelling, so filled with tense emotion, studded with stars. that no lover of motion pictures would want to miss it! (Print Ad-Leader-Post, Regina, Sask.)) 22 March 1934)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nachtflug See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Each time a pilot takes off, a series of horizontal swipes supplies aerial views of his vantage point from the plane. See more »

Goofs

Everyone involved in sending the medicine to Rio de Janeiro is told that it is urgently needed for children in the infantile paralysis ward, that every hour counts. But the package is addressed only to "City Hospital," with no name or even department. See more »

Quotes

Wife of Brazilian Pilot: What's it all for? Just so somebody in Paris can get a postcard on Tuesday instead of Thursday?
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Crazy Credits

During opening credits, the film title is done as "sky writing" by an airplane, and the plane is just finishing the last "T" on "flight". See more »

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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Super 8 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

How Dry I Am
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Robert Montgomery and Dorothy Burgess
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Breathtakingly Beautiful!
30 July 2011 | by wise1tooSee all my reviews

If you don't like this film you just don't like or understand early 1930s films! This is big budget, state-of-the-art, film making in EVERY department. The aviation footage is stunning. Unfortunately some miniatures were required and are more obvious today than then. But even these are about the best for their time.

What may seem conventional today, these elements were new in 1933. The use of silence - a ticking clock at a dramatic moment. A wonderful score, exceptional photography in the air and on the ground. The texture of rich background characters and extras. Exceptional editing! Death in the air is made so beautiful, romantic and horrifying all at the same time!

It's easy to laugh, but these were the days pilots were ALLOWED to bring alcohol along in the cockpit! This was little understood risky and dangerous work. And not only shown from one perspective. Each character has his own.

Reviews at the time noted all I've said and the public appreciated this and ate it up!

So if you can rise above your modern day aesthetics, I think you'll discover and amazing 1930s film! You know, they ain't making them anymore!


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