Night Flight (1933)
Release Date: October 6,1933
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Available on DVD in The Warner Brothers Archive Collection
Gable does not appear until a good twenty minutes into this ensemble piece. It is a tale of 24 dramatic hours in the Air Mail industry, where pilots risk their lives every day flying through the pitch black night with limited instruments and no lights guiding the way. This time, it’s a vaccine needed at a children’s hospital in South America. Gable is Jules, a pilot who has lost his way somewhere over Texas, while his wife (Hayes) waits at home for him and grows more and more frantic. Gable’s scenes are limited to a cockpit.
Photoplay magazine, May 1934
All star cast, with two Barrymores, Helen Hayes, Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy, Clark Gable, others. Not much lot, but gripping tension and great acting, as night flying starts inthe Argentine. (Nov.)
“We’ll either go over it or under it!”
“All right, jump!”
Behind the Scenes:
Gable’s first experience working with producer David O. Selznick, with whom he would later work on Gone with the Wind.
Although mostly filmed on a soundstage, Gable did travel to Denver to film the mountain scenes, with the Rockies substituting for the Andes.
Earned a profit of $175,000, but MGM was still disappointed in the returns; the studio was expecting more from a film that contained so many from their star roster.