China Clipper (1936)

88 mins | Drama | 22 August 1936

Director:

Ray Enright

Writer:

Frank Wead

Producer:

Louis F. Edelman

Cinematographer:

Arthur Edeson

Editor:

Owen Marks

Production Designer:

Max Parker

Production Company:

First National Productions Corp.
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HISTORY

Henry B. Walthall, who plays "Dad" in the film, collapsed on the set and died shortly thereafter. The film was made with the cooperation of Pan American Airlines and is loosely based on the history of that company, which used the name "Clipper Ships" for its planes. Modern sources add the following credits: Pilot, Paul Mantz; Aerial photography, Elmer Dyer and H. F. ... More Less

Henry B. Walthall, who plays "Dad" in the film, collapsed on the set and died shortly thereafter. The film was made with the cooperation of Pan American Airlines and is loosely based on the history of that company, which used the name "Clipper Ships" for its planes. Modern sources add the following credits: Pilot, Paul Mantz; Aerial photography, Elmer Dyer and H. F. Koenekamp. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
12 Aug 36
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
4 May 36
p. 25.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Jul 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
6 Aug 36
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
4 Jul 36
p. 42.
Motion Picture Herald
15 Aug 36
p. 62.
New York Times
12 Aug 36
p. 14.
Variety
19 Aug 36
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
PRODUCTION MISC
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 August 1936
Production Date:
began early May 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & The Vitaphone Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 September 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6665
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
88
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2227
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When importer Dave Logan's late arrival in Shanghai ruins a business deal, he realizes there is enormous potential for a commercial air service. Even though his wife, Jean, who calls herself Skippy, and his boss, Jim Horn, do their best to discourage him, he joins war buddies Dad Brunn, an airplane designer, and pilot Tom Collins, who start an air passenger line between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Undeterred when the airline fails, they start a second airline in Key West, Florida, to deliver mail throughout the Caribbean, and Hap Stuart, another pilot buddy, signs up. Finally, Dave's obsession with the airline drives Skippy away. Over the years, the company keeps expanding, always battling opposition from regulatory agencies and financial backers. Determined to start a trans-Pacific airline, Dave drives his men so hard that some of the pilots, including Hap, quit because of the stress. Eventually, Skippy has a change of heart and to prove it, she gets a job with Dave's company and works by his side day and night. Hap comes back too, impressed by Dave's new benefits plan for pilots. Finally everything is ready for the maiden Pacific voyage of the China Clipper. Dad sees his plane take off, but the overwork has taken its toll and he dies shortly after. Dad's death hits Dave hard. When the China Clipper hits a terrible storm off the China coast, he decides to cancel the flight, even though it means missing the deadline, but he's too late. Hap, the plane's pilot, has already taken off. Luckily, they land safely in China with five minutes to spare, and Skippy and Dave ... +


When importer Dave Logan's late arrival in Shanghai ruins a business deal, he realizes there is enormous potential for a commercial air service. Even though his wife, Jean, who calls herself Skippy, and his boss, Jim Horn, do their best to discourage him, he joins war buddies Dad Brunn, an airplane designer, and pilot Tom Collins, who start an air passenger line between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Undeterred when the airline fails, they start a second airline in Key West, Florida, to deliver mail throughout the Caribbean, and Hap Stuart, another pilot buddy, signs up. Finally, Dave's obsession with the airline drives Skippy away. Over the years, the company keeps expanding, always battling opposition from regulatory agencies and financial backers. Determined to start a trans-Pacific airline, Dave drives his men so hard that some of the pilots, including Hap, quit because of the stress. Eventually, Skippy has a change of heart and to prove it, she gets a job with Dave's company and works by his side day and night. Hap comes back too, impressed by Dave's new benefits plan for pilots. Finally everything is ready for the maiden Pacific voyage of the China Clipper. Dad sees his plane take off, but the overwork has taken its toll and he dies shortly after. Dad's death hits Dave hard. When the China Clipper hits a terrible storm off the China coast, he decides to cancel the flight, even though it means missing the deadline, but he's too late. Hap, the plane's pilot, has already taken off. Luckily, they land safely in China with five minutes to spare, and Skippy and Dave discuss a second honeymoon. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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