Flight into Nowhere (1938)

62-63 or 65 mins | Adventure | 18 April 1938

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 Mar 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
20 Mar 38
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Mar 38
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
15 Mar 38
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Mar 38
p. 41.
New York Times
2 May 38
p. 13.
Variety
4 May 38
p. 15.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 April 1938
Production Date:
20 January--8 February 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
21 March 1938
Copyright Number:
LP7904
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62-63 or 65
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4140
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Bill Kellogg, a headstrong airline pilot flies during bad weather and manages to land safely, he is fired. However, when Jim Horne, Bill's boss, learns that Bill has secretly wed Joan Hammond, the daughter of the airline's owner, he decides to keep Bill on. A fellow pilot, Ike Matthews, is told to make the first flight over the South American jungle to photograph potential landing fields, but Bill steals the plane to do the job himself. Bill continues even when he is radioed that there is insufficient fuel on board. Out of gas, Bill crash lands near an Indian village. The residents refuse to help Bill get back to his civilization. Finally an Indian woman, L-ana, helps Bill, but he is unable to get the radio working. Jim and Ike fly over the jungle, but a storm prevents them from spotting the village, so they continue on to Rio Vista. The two men meet Joan and for her sake, Jim organizes a rescue expedition. Led by natives, the convoy finds a village holding a doctor captive. A fierce battle follows and the doctor is freed from his captors. Meanwhile, Bill, despondent over his predicament, has taken on the native's ways by marrying L-ana. Jim's expedition finally locates the tribe, but when he sees Bill's living arrangements, the two men argue. Bill is ready to thoughtlessly desert L-ana, but as he leaves the village, L-ana's brother kills him. After returning to Rio Vista, Jim tells Joan that he learned Bill had died in the crash, sacrificing himself to avoid landing in a field full of women and children, ... +


When Bill Kellogg, a headstrong airline pilot flies during bad weather and manages to land safely, he is fired. However, when Jim Horne, Bill's boss, learns that Bill has secretly wed Joan Hammond, the daughter of the airline's owner, he decides to keep Bill on. A fellow pilot, Ike Matthews, is told to make the first flight over the South American jungle to photograph potential landing fields, but Bill steals the plane to do the job himself. Bill continues even when he is radioed that there is insufficient fuel on board. Out of gas, Bill crash lands near an Indian village. The residents refuse to help Bill get back to his civilization. Finally an Indian woman, L-ana, helps Bill, but he is unable to get the radio working. Jim and Ike fly over the jungle, but a storm prevents them from spotting the village, so they continue on to Rio Vista. The two men meet Joan and for her sake, Jim organizes a rescue expedition. Led by natives, the convoy finds a village holding a doctor captive. A fierce battle follows and the doctor is freed from his captors. Meanwhile, Bill, despondent over his predicament, has taken on the native's ways by marrying L-ana. Jim's expedition finally locates the tribe, but when he sees Bill's living arrangements, the two men argue. Bill is ready to thoughtlessly desert L-ana, but as he leaves the village, L-ana's brother kills him. After returning to Rio Vista, Jim tells Joan that he learned Bill had died in the crash, sacrificing himself to avoid landing in a field full of women and children, many of whom might have died. +

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