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Happy Landing (1934)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 1 September 1934 (USA)
An action-filled film with outlaws-of-the-clouds at war with the men of the U. S. Flying Service. A young pilot, Nick Ferris, fights to track down a dangerous gang of smugglers and clear his name of an undeserved stigma.

Director:

Robert N. Bradbury (as R.N. Bradbury)

Writers:

Stuart Anthony (story), Frances Hyland (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ray Walker ... Lt. Nick Terris
Julie Bishop ... Janet Curtis (as Jacqueline Wells)
William Farnum ... Col. Curtis
Noah Beery ... Capt. Terris
Hyram A. Hoover Hyram A. Hoover ... Lt. Peter Taylor (as Hyram Hoover)
Morgan Conway ... Frank Harland
Warner Richmond ... Powell
Donald Reed ... Paul
Billy Erwin Billy Erwin ... Horace
Ruth Romaine Ruth Romaine ... Stella
Eddie Fetherston Eddie Fetherston ... Wireless Operator (as Edward Fetherstone)
Gertrude Simpson Gertrude Simpson ... Wife
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An action-filled film with outlaws-of-the-clouds at war with the men of the U. S. Flying Service. A young pilot, Nick Ferris, fights to track down a dangerous gang of smugglers and clear his name of an undeserved stigma.

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A HIGH-FLYER ROMANCE OF HIGH-POWER THRILLS! (original one-sheet poster)

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Air Patrol See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Los Sunday 19 February 1950 on KFI (Channel 9) and in New York City Wednesday 28 June 1950 on the Matinee Movie on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Jacqueline Wells Never Looked Prettier
16 January 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Robert Bradbury takes a break from directing B westerns to wrangle this chestnut for Paul Malvern. Ray Walker is the son of passenger liner captain Noah Beery. He's in love with Jacqueline Wells (long before she changed her name to Julie Bishop), who's the daughter of Border Patrol colonel William Farnum -- Walker's boss; he's a pilot for the service. The first half of this 61-minute quickie has him going through the usual hijinks, taking his plane larking about with fellow pilot Hyram Hoover and replicating Keaton's losing-his-pants-at-a-dance routine from COLLEGE..

The plot kicks in about halfway through. Some bank robbers hijack Walker's plane at gunpoint, have him fly over the border, knock him out and flee in a car. When he's back at base, he can't satisfactorily explain what happened, and Farnum allows him to resign.

20-year-old Wells never looked prettier, and the stunt flying is well shot by Archie Stout. There are a few plot holes that the more forgiving viewer will accept in the more exciting sequences, but I found the rhythms more suited to a horse opera than an aviation picture. Even so, it's a pleasure to watch Mr. Beery in a more sympathetic role, and Farnum gives a far more naturalistic performance than he usually offered in the early talkies. It's certainly no classic, but it has its moments.


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