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China Clipper (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 22 August 1936 (USA)
Dave Logan takes his regional Pan American airline and with vision and sometimes ruthless determination establishes pan-American and trans-Pacific routes.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writer:

Frank Wead (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Brien ... Dave Logan
Beverly Roberts ... Jean Logan
Ross Alexander ... Tom Collins
Humphrey Bogart ... Hap Stuart
Marie Wilson ... Sunny Avery
Joseph Crehan ... Jim Horn
Joe King ... Mr. Pierson (as Joseph King)
Addison Richards ... Mr. B.C. Hill
Ruth Robinson Ruth Robinson ... Mother Brunn
Henry B. Walthall ... Dad Brunn
Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Radio Operator on Clipper
Lyle Moraine Lyle Moraine ... Co-pilot on Clipper
Dennis Moore ... Engineer on Clipper
Wayne Morris ... Navigator on Clipper
Alexander Cross ... Bill Andrews
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Storyline

Inspired by Lindbergh's flight, Dave Logan sets out with a Washington-Philadelphia airline but suffers financial problems. With flying ace Hap Stuart he tries clipper ships on the Caribbean, then aims for the trans-Pacific route. His relentless ambition forces those closest to him to abandon him. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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THRILL TO A NEW TRIUMPH! LOVE SPANS THE PERILOUS PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Courrier de Chine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Saturday 27 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9) and in New York City Sunday 28 October 1956 on WABD (Channel 5); it first aired in Bloomington IN Wednesday 19 December 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4), in San Francisco Tuesday 8 January 1957 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Cincinnati Sunday 20 January 1957 on WKRC (Channel 12), in Miami Thursday 7 February 1957 on WTVJ (Channel 4), and in Chicago Monday 8 April 1957 on WGN (Channel 9). See more »

Goofs

The character names of Lyle Moraine and Dennis Moore are switched in the end credits. Moore was the Co-pilot and Moraine the engineer. See more »

Quotes

Tom Collins: That's the queerest looking crate I ever saw. What makes you think it will fly?
Dad Brunn: It will fly, alright. Some day you'll prove it.
Tom Collins: If I do, I should have my head examined!
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Connections

Featured in Breakdowns of 1937 (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

National Emblem
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by Edwin Eugene Bagley
Played at the parade celebrating Lindbergh's flight
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Classic film especially for aviators
5 December 2010 | by r_w_aSee all my reviews

This is a great and exciting movie especially if you are a pilot as I am. It reflects a time in aviation that was exciting. Those days are gone forever. I would have enjoyed travel in those flying boats not to mention piloting them. I am from Miami and remember Dinner Key. Those flying boats parked in the bay looked so magnificent with the cumulus nimbus clouds over the Atlantic in the background. I recorded this movie years ago and watch it from time to time and I always enjoy it's vintage scenes. Those great flying boats were magnificent and I can only imagine the joy and sense of adventure flying around the west and south Pacific island hopping! It is true escapism. I highly recommend this movie.


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