13 Hours by Air (1936)

70 or 78 mins | Drama | 27 March 1936

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writer:

Bogart Rogers

Producer:

E. Lloyd Sheldon

Cinematographer:

Theodor Sparkuhl

Editor:

Doane Harrison

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, John Goodman

Production Company:

Paramount Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title was Twenty Hours by Air . According to a news item in DV , the title was changed after aviators Wiley Post, Jimmy Doolittle and Roscoe Turner flew various flights cross country in thirteen hours. There was some controversy in the SAB records over awarding Kenyon Nicholson's credit for adaptation. However, due to contract stipulations established prior to the then new Writer-Producer Code of Practice , Nicholson received his credit. The reason for this concern has not been ascertained. According to the pressbook, Joan Bennett's stand-in, Pauline Hailey, was temporarily replaced by Vivian Dewey, when Hailey fell ill during filming. A production plane crashed during filming, but no one, including the passenger, and assistant director William Faralla, was injured. United Air Lines cooperated in the making of this film and granted their name to the airplane seen in the film. According to contemporary records, some scenes were filmed on location at Alhambra Airport, CA, in Cleveland, OH, and Beaver Dam, WI. Modern sources credit Charles Marshall with aerial photography, and note that the studio sent him and a crew on flights from Newark to Los Angeles to obtain actual footage of the flight, at an approximate cost of $10,000. Modern sources also note that the studio re-shot the ending after United Airlines representatives were granted a preview of the film and expressed disappointment with the depicted emergency ... More Less

The working title was Twenty Hours by Air . According to a news item in DV , the title was changed after aviators Wiley Post, Jimmy Doolittle and Roscoe Turner flew various flights cross country in thirteen hours. There was some controversy in the SAB records over awarding Kenyon Nicholson's credit for adaptation. However, due to contract stipulations established prior to the then new Writer-Producer Code of Practice , Nicholson received his credit. The reason for this concern has not been ascertained. According to the pressbook, Joan Bennett's stand-in, Pauline Hailey, was temporarily replaced by Vivian Dewey, when Hailey fell ill during filming. A production plane crashed during filming, but no one, including the passenger, and assistant director William Faralla, was injured. United Air Lines cooperated in the making of this film and granted their name to the airplane seen in the film. According to contemporary records, some scenes were filmed on location at Alhambra Airport, CA, in Cleveland, OH, and Beaver Dam, WI. Modern sources credit Charles Marshall with aerial photography, and note that the studio sent him and a crew on flights from Newark to Los Angeles to obtain actual footage of the flight, at an approximate cost of $10,000. Modern sources also note that the studio re-shot the ending after United Airlines representatives were granted a preview of the film and expressed disappointment with the depicted emergency landing. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
14 Mar 36
3
Daily Variety
22 Mar 35
p. 4.
Film Daily
30 Apr 36
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jan 36
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jan 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Mar 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
16 Mar 36
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
11 Jan 36
p. 26.
Motion Picture Herald
21 Mar 36
p. 40.
New York Times
30 Apr 36
p. 17.
Variety
6 May 36
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
STAND INS
Stand-in for Joan Bennett
Stand-in for Joan Bennett
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Twenty Hours by Air
Release Date:
27 March 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
27 March 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6252
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70 or 78
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2038
SYNOPSIS

Pilot Jack Gordon, a lady's man, is eager to begin his vacation but is recalled to work before he ever gets a chance to start. His enthusiasm for working is recharged, however, when he finds out beautiful blonde Felice Rollins will be aboard his flight. He vouches for her personal check for the airline ticket, in return for which she gives him her diamond ring as collateral. Their flight is headed for San Francisco, and Jack bets with stewardess Vi Johnson that he will get to take Felice out for dinner that night. Also on their flight are little Waldemar Pitt III and his governess, Miss Harkins, Curtis Palmer, Dr. James Evarts and others. After reading of a jewel robbery involving a beautiful blonde, Jack begins to suspect Felice of the crime. When they stop over in Chicago, he rescues her from Gregorie Stephanie, with whom she is having an argument in the terminal. Despite her annoyance at his interference, Felice laughs when she finds out Jack suspects her of being a thief, showing him her picture in the paper under the socialite column. Jack apologizes for his mistaken assumption. At the same time, a suspicious Palmer sends a telegram to New York to verify Dr. Evarts' identity as a doctor. Back on board the plane, Jack finds a gun on Gregorie and throws it out the door. The plane lands again in Omaha, where Felice confesses that she had broken her engagement to Gregorie's brother, and that the brother had then eloped with her sister. She is flying to San Francisco to save her sister from the ... +


Pilot Jack Gordon, a lady's man, is eager to begin his vacation but is recalled to work before he ever gets a chance to start. His enthusiasm for working is recharged, however, when he finds out beautiful blonde Felice Rollins will be aboard his flight. He vouches for her personal check for the airline ticket, in return for which she gives him her diamond ring as collateral. Their flight is headed for San Francisco, and Jack bets with stewardess Vi Johnson that he will get to take Felice out for dinner that night. Also on their flight are little Waldemar Pitt III and his governess, Miss Harkins, Curtis Palmer, Dr. James Evarts and others. After reading of a jewel robbery involving a beautiful blonde, Jack begins to suspect Felice of the crime. When they stop over in Chicago, he rescues her from Gregorie Stephanie, with whom she is having an argument in the terminal. Despite her annoyance at his interference, Felice laughs when she finds out Jack suspects her of being a thief, showing him her picture in the paper under the socialite column. Jack apologizes for his mistaken assumption. At the same time, a suspicious Palmer sends a telegram to New York to verify Dr. Evarts' identity as a doctor. Back on board the plane, Jack finds a gun on Gregorie and throws it out the door. The plane lands again in Omaha, where Felice confesses that she had broken her engagement to Gregorie's brother, and that the brother had then eloped with her sister. She is flying to San Francisco to save her sister from the mistake of marrying him. With the help of a friend on the railroad, Jack finds out when Felice's sister's train will arrive in San Francisco. Jack takes over as pilot, but is told to turn back due to inclement weather. When Felice begs him not to turn around, Jack heads for what appears to be a break in the weather, but is forced to make an emergency landing in the snowy mountains. Jack and his co-pilot, Freddie Scott, go outside, where Evarts tells them he is a federal agent and that Palmer is a notorious killer. Palmer breaks the plane's radio and shoots Evarts and Freddie, who is engaged to stewardess Ann McKenna. Both men survive, but Freddie is unable to co-pilot the plane. In the morning, the weather has cleared, but Palmer takes the plane hostage. Little Waldemar, who up to this point has been nothing but a nuisance, cleverly fills his water pistol with fluid from the fire extinguisher and shoots it in Palmer's eyes. With Palmer quelled, Jack teaches Felice how to fly the plane, and they pilot it safely to San Francisco, where he returns her ring, and she agrees to meet him for dinner. He sends a menu back to Vi, signed by Felice for verification, asking for his two-dollar winnings, which he now needs for a marriage license. +

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