- Acting of Lead Performers
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- Historical Importance
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Good film yet different than MGM type
I hadn't heard of the film until now but had to try it it given the cast. Well made (as one would expect from Metro)and different in that it is an ensemble cast with some of the stars (notably Gable) with very little or no lines. This was beginning to be a popular framework for several films in the early to mid 30's.Overall I'm thrilled to have seen it given its timeframe and historical relevance although the ending may not have been too popular at the time with the conclusion presented. I also thought John Barrymore gave a responsive performance.
You can't beat any 1930's films
No complaints the real deal of what this era of first flight & life as it was. I'm sure it was much more risk than some may never know. So, take time to appreciate these films. The weepers of time past,drama and all.
Helen Hayes Is Annoying, Again
This was shown back-to-back with "Arrowsmith", also starring Helen Hayes. In both films, she is a clingy, needy, demanding and annoying wife of an ambitious man. In "Night Flight", John Barrymore is supposed to be the ruthless and uncaring manager of a mail flight service who sends pilots to their death by flying at night and in bad weather without caring about their welfare, but somehow he doesn't come across quite so ruthless. The mail service delivers critical medications to a South American hospital treating children with polio. Clark Gable's character is Hayes's husband, and gets killed when his plane gets lost in an unexpected storm. There is a scene in which Hayes confronts John Barrymore and accuses him of being ruthless and not caring about her husband. To me, the scene comes off more as Hayes being needy and melodramatic.
Correction to my review
I meant to say that it was Lionel Barrymore with the itch rather than John Barrymore.
Could have been better
Film had a lot more promise than was realized, primarily because of the dodgy direction of Clarence Brown. This film would have been a block buster if directed by Howard Hawks or Victor Fleming. As it is, some parts are interesting, primarily the camera work which at times is great and other times way too obvious. The stars (and there are a lot of them) do their best with with the story which just doesn't live up to expectations. John Barrymore with a constant itch causing him to incessantly scratch himself is just plain ridiculous.
Only Angels Fly At Night
- Lionel Supporter
Definitely brings to mind "Only Angels Have Wings" a few years later,both excellent movies of South American pilots.Great Barrymore performances.Esp Lionel.
lost film returns
- george snedker
unavailable for decades this mgm film has a mighty star cast although gable as a pilot is never seen outside his cockpit.film has a lovely quality to it with good special effects and photography for the period.
very MGM melodramatic!
At last this movie is out on dvd. I have been waiting with bated breath since i heard it was coming out on dvd. This film is very obviously a MGM movie: very grand, very dramatic, great stars. While your eyes may be rolling at the very drama of it all, it is still a great film. I thouroughly enjoyed it and am so very glad it is finally on dvd.
Night Flight 1933
- Ken Henderson
AS at Feb 2011 there is speculation that this title(once described as lost) is coming to DVD soon.
NIGHT FLIGHT IS OUT THERE
- kevin a kearns
this film is available on vhs from a company based in california called movie lead 866-741-8714 the guy told me its 44.95 to buy im going to purchase it one day he told me barrymore and airplane buffs ask for it now and then hope this helps
Longing to see this film
Being a Robert Montgomery fan, to my constant regret there is no way to have a recent review on this film since it's tied up with legal issues concerning copyrights. My frustation is enhanced also by knowing the same fate fell upon "Letty Lynton" (another Montgomery film) which many fans long to see because of Ms. Crawford. Being an ardent fan of Mr. Montgomery and a film completist, at least I would hope one day "Night Flight" will find its way out of the MGM vaults.