Blaze of Noon (1947)

90-91 mins | Drama | 2 May 1947

Director:

John Farrow

Producer:

Robert Fellows

Cinematographer:

William C. Mellor

Editor:

Sally Forrest

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Roland Anderson

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Although Sonny Tufts' character is listed as "Ronald McDonald" in the film's final credits, he is called "Roland" in the film, and listed as such in the CBCS and copyright records. According to a HR news item, director John Farrow conducted research for this film by flying on American Airlines' freight lines. A review in Time magazine noted that stunt pilot Paul Mantz flew cross-country in record time "for a single-engine propeller-driven aircraft" in order to help publicize this film. An Oct 1945 HR news item noted that this was one of the first films produced by Paramount which was based on an unfinished story. The news item noted that "Paramount is stimulating creative writing for ultimate screen usage by commissioning authors in advance of completion of story material or at its inception...." and that the studio intended to "reach...even deeper into the field of plays and novels from the moment of the birth of the idea on which they are ... More Less

Although Sonny Tufts' character is listed as "Ronald McDonald" in the film's final credits, he is called "Roland" in the film, and listed as such in the CBCS and copyright records. According to a HR news item, director John Farrow conducted research for this film by flying on American Airlines' freight lines. A review in Time magazine noted that stunt pilot Paul Mantz flew cross-country in record time "for a single-engine propeller-driven aircraft" in order to help publicize this film. An Oct 1945 HR news item noted that this was one of the first films produced by Paramount which was based on an unfinished story. The news item noted that "Paramount is stimulating creative writing for ultimate screen usage by commissioning authors in advance of completion of story material or at its inception...." and that the studio intended to "reach...even deeper into the field of plays and novels from the moment of the birth of the idea on which they are built." More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Jan 47
p. 5.
Box Office
8 Mar 1947.
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Daily Variety
4 Mar 1947.
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Film Daily
4 Mar 47
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Oct 1945.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Jun 46
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jul 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Nov 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jan 47
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 47
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Mar 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
4 Jan 47
p. 34.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 Mar 1947.
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New York Times
5 Mar 47
p. 31.
Time
24 Mar 1947.
---
Variety
5 Mar 47
p. 8.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Bob Kortman
Jim Davies
Joseph J. Greene
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Aerial photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Ed supv
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus score
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Aerial unit supv and chief pilot
Unit bus mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Blaze of Noon by Ernest K. Gann (Chicago, 1946).
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 May 1947
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 4 March 1947
Production Date:
1 November 1946--early January 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 March 1947
Copyright Number:
LP985
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90-91
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

In the early 1920s, brothers Colin, Roland, Tad and Keith McDonald have been performing as a stunt flying team with a carnival, when Colin convinces his brothers to sign up with Mr. Gafferty of Mercury Airlines in Newark, New Jersey, who has been contracted by the government to carry the mail by air. All the brothers are given physical examinations, and Colin falls in love with the attending nurse, Lucille Stewart. After knowing her for only eight hours, Colin proposes marriage, and Lucille accepts with encouragement from the local pastor. Porkie, the McDonalds' friend and fellow aviator, graciously finances the wedding, and shortly afterward, the mail pilots start work along the East Coast. When Lucille expresses frustration because Colin and his brothers are preoccupied with flying, Colin promises that they will soon have their own home. Just before his twenty-first birthday, Keith becomes the first victim of their dangerous occupation, crashing his plane into a water tank during a thick fog. Roland feels responsible for Keith's death, as he taught him how to fly, and he quits to work as a car salesman. Porkie is then fired after performing a dangerous stunt over a passenger train, and he joins Roland in car sales. Tad, who has fallen in love with Lucille despite his best efforts not to, crashes his plane during a violent storm. Tad survives, but can no longer fly. Lucille and Colin's marriage is tested when Colin's old girl friend Poppy asks to see him, but Colin remains true to Lucille, and they soon celebrate the birth of their son. Although Colin promises to quit flying once he is a father, he is ... +


In the early 1920s, brothers Colin, Roland, Tad and Keith McDonald have been performing as a stunt flying team with a carnival, when Colin convinces his brothers to sign up with Mr. Gafferty of Mercury Airlines in Newark, New Jersey, who has been contracted by the government to carry the mail by air. All the brothers are given physical examinations, and Colin falls in love with the attending nurse, Lucille Stewart. After knowing her for only eight hours, Colin proposes marriage, and Lucille accepts with encouragement from the local pastor. Porkie, the McDonalds' friend and fellow aviator, graciously finances the wedding, and shortly afterward, the mail pilots start work along the East Coast. When Lucille expresses frustration because Colin and his brothers are preoccupied with flying, Colin promises that they will soon have their own home. Just before his twenty-first birthday, Keith becomes the first victim of their dangerous occupation, crashing his plane into a water tank during a thick fog. Roland feels responsible for Keith's death, as he taught him how to fly, and he quits to work as a car salesman. Porkie is then fired after performing a dangerous stunt over a passenger train, and he joins Roland in car sales. Tad, who has fallen in love with Lucille despite his best efforts not to, crashes his plane during a violent storm. Tad survives, but can no longer fly. Lucille and Colin's marriage is tested when Colin's old girl friend Poppy asks to see him, but Colin remains true to Lucille, and they soon celebrate the birth of their son. Although Colin promises to quit flying once he is a father, he is induced to stay with Gafferty when he offers him a raise, and because he believes that flying is safer as the pilots can now communicate by radio. Colin loses his life during his first flight with a passenger, however, when his wings ice over and he crash lands. That night, Gafferty and Tad arrive at Lucille's housewarming party with the sad news. Lucille and Colin's son is later baptized as Colin. +

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