Flight Angels (1940)

74 mins | Comedy-drama | 18 May 1940

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writer:

Maurice Leo

Cinematographer:

L. W. O'Connell

Editor:

James Gibbon

Production Designer:

Hugh Reticker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was Flight Eight. According to a news item in HR, Warner Bros. suspended Olivia de Havilland for refusing the female lead in this picture. A HR production chart credits Tom Reed with screenplay, but his contribution to the final picture has not been confirmed. According to the Var review, this was Edmund Grainger's first production for Warner Bros. Flight Angels marked the motion picture debut of actress Lynn Merrick (1921--2007), who was billed as Marilyn Merrick on this and two other 1940 films until changing her first name to Lynn in 1941. ...

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The working title of this picture was Flight Eight. According to a news item in HR, Warner Bros. suspended Olivia de Havilland for refusing the female lead in this picture. A HR production chart credits Tom Reed with screenplay, but his contribution to the final picture has not been confirmed. According to the Var review, this was Edmund Grainger's first production for Warner Bros. Flight Angels marked the motion picture debut of actress Lynn Merrick (1921--2007), who was billed as Marilyn Merrick on this and two other 1940 films until changing her first name to Lynn in 1941.

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
HISTORY CREDITS
CREDIT TYPE
CREDIT
General (mod):
Personal note credit:
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 May 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
29 May 1940
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 1940
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 1940
pp. 6-7
Hollywood Reporter
4 May 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
7 May 1940
p. 4
Motion Picture Herald
20 Apr 1940
p. 39
Motion Picture Herald
11 May 1940
p. 48
New York Times
27 May 1940
p. 23
Variety
15 May 1940
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Brothers-First National Picture; Jack L. Warner in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
L. William O'Connell
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Flight Eight
Release Date:
18 May 1940
Production Date:
began late Feb 1940
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
18 May 1940
LP9648
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6202
SYNOPSIS

Chick Farber, a crack pilot for a commercial airline, has a girl in every airport, although his real love is stewardess Mary Norvell. In addition to piloting, Chick and his co-pilot, Artie Dixon, are building a revolutionary new aircraft named the strato-liner. Artie's devotion to his new plane angers his sweetheart, stewardess Nan Hudson, who has been trying to convince the co-pilot to marry her. While taking a routine physical examination, Chick fails the eye test and is grounded by company manager Bill Graves. Bill, with the help of Mary, convinces the dejected Chick to take a job as an instructor at the stewardess training school, and when Chick impulsively proposes to Mary, the couple elope before he starts his new position. Chick finds that he has little patience for his giggling new students, however, and soon quits his job. Chick suffers another blow when he learns that Lt. Parsons has been assigned to test the strato-liner, and he angrily steals the plane to conduct his own test flight. All goes well until Chick's eyesight fails him and he crashlands the plane. With his license suspended, Chick tells Mary that he is leaving her to enlist in the Chinese Air Service. En route to China, Chick stops in San Francisco, where he drafted by the army to teach in their flight instruction school. Soon afterward, Bill abruptly changes Mary's assignment to a flight bound for San Antonio, and she is puzzled until Chick meets her at the airport where he is working as a flight instructor and asks her to stay on as his ...

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Chick Farber, a crack pilot for a commercial airline, has a girl in every airport, although his real love is stewardess Mary Norvell. In addition to piloting, Chick and his co-pilot, Artie Dixon, are building a revolutionary new aircraft named the strato-liner. Artie's devotion to his new plane angers his sweetheart, stewardess Nan Hudson, who has been trying to convince the co-pilot to marry her. While taking a routine physical examination, Chick fails the eye test and is grounded by company manager Bill Graves. Bill, with the help of Mary, convinces the dejected Chick to take a job as an instructor at the stewardess training school, and when Chick impulsively proposes to Mary, the couple elope before he starts his new position. Chick finds that he has little patience for his giggling new students, however, and soon quits his job. Chick suffers another blow when he learns that Lt. Parsons has been assigned to test the strato-liner, and he angrily steals the plane to conduct his own test flight. All goes well until Chick's eyesight fails him and he crashlands the plane. With his license suspended, Chick tells Mary that he is leaving her to enlist in the Chinese Air Service. En route to China, Chick stops in San Francisco, where he drafted by the army to teach in their flight instruction school. Soon afterward, Bill abruptly changes Mary's assignment to a flight bound for San Antonio, and she is puzzled until Chick meets her at the airport where he is working as a flight instructor and asks her to stay on as his wife.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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