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James Montgomery's play also was used as the source for the 1930 film, Going Wild and its film's French-language version, L'aviateur (see entries ... More Less

James Montgomery's play also was used as the source for the 1930 film, Going Wild and its film's French-language version, L'aviateur (see entries below). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
New York Times
11 Jan 1930
p. 21.
Variety
15 Jan 1930
p. 22.
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 December 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
26 November 1929
Copyright Number:
LP872
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in feet):
6,743
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Wishing to assure the sale of a book of wartime experiences written by an anonymous aviator, Brooks, a publisher, and Brown, his publicist, decide to credit authorship to Robert Street, a highly successful writer. Though he detests aviation, knows nothing about the book in question, and finds the situation socially embarrassing, Street agrees to lend his name to the publication; he then retreats to a fashionable resort. Brown arrives, however, with Street's friends John and Grace Douglas, and he is thoroughly lionized; Street consents to pose for photographs in an airplane on the flying field. Frightened by the camera-flash, he accidentally starts the plane, creating an incredible demonstration landing in a haystack. A race is arranged between Street and Gaillard, a French flyer, and after a series of hair-raising and hilarious complications, Street gives up his pose for the charms of ... +


Wishing to assure the sale of a book of wartime experiences written by an anonymous aviator, Brooks, a publisher, and Brown, his publicist, decide to credit authorship to Robert Street, a highly successful writer. Though he detests aviation, knows nothing about the book in question, and finds the situation socially embarrassing, Street agrees to lend his name to the publication; he then retreats to a fashionable resort. Brown arrives, however, with Street's friends John and Grace Douglas, and he is thoroughly lionized; Street consents to pose for photographs in an airplane on the flying field. Frightened by the camera-flash, he accidentally starts the plane, creating an incredible demonstration landing in a haystack. A race is arranged between Street and Gaillard, a French flyer, and after a series of hair-raising and hilarious complications, Street gives up his pose for the charms of Grace. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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