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The Last Flight (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 29 August 1931 (USA)
World War 1 veterans roam Paris drinking and admiring a woman they recently met.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

John Monk Saunders (novel), John Monk Saunders (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Barthelmess ... Cary Lockwood
David Manners ... Shep Lambert
Johnny Mack Brown ... Bill Talbot (as John Mack Brown)
Helen Chandler ... Nikki
Elliott Nugent ... Francis (as Elliot Nugent)
Walter Byron ... Frink
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Storyline

Cary, Shep, Bill, and Francis are pilots who have just, and only just, survived the First World War. They linger in Europe in the aftermath, drinking and ostensibly having fun, but pessimistic and flip about their futures, as each feels himself somehow lost and dead inside as a result of the horrors he's experienced. They encounter a beautiful and vivacious girl, Nikki, and adopt her, not romantically but as a sort of mascot and light around which they can hover in hopes of regaining a sense of warmth and life. Nikki does her best to reinvigorate her new friends, but despite the seeming lightheartedness of their escapades, the shadow of the war can never be dispelled. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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You loved our Dick as captain of "The Dawn Patrol." Now he commands your heart while his genius soars to new heights of achievement! (Print Ad- Southeast Missourian, ((Cape Girardeau, Mo.)) 12 September 1931)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Single Lady See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On 21 October 1931 (after the film's release) a musical adaptation called "Nikki," by John Monk Saunders, opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA, and had 39 performances. The opening night cast included Fay Wray as Nikki, Cary Grant as Cary Lockwood and Douglass Montgomery as Shep Lambert. See more »

Goofs

During the sequence in the bullfight ring in Lisbon, the footage of the actual bullfight is stock filmed during the silent era at the then-standard speed of 16 frames per second. Spliced into a sound film and projected at the sound-standard 24 frames per second, it looks unnaturally fast. See more »

Quotes

Shep Lambert: You know Cary, I feel just like we're falling. A long time ago, d'you remember? Spinning, spinning, spinning, only, you brought me down safe. Oh Cary, good old Cary, best flier in the service.
Nikki: Oh Shepard, Shepard darling.
Cary Lockwood: Oh, we're going to make a safe landing again Shep.
Shep Lambert: Not this time, Cary, old Shep's gonna crash. Say, we're spinning fast. Level off, Cary, level off.
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Soundtracks

Valse Brune
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Music by Georges Krier
Lyrics by Georges Villard
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Unique and fascinating study of post-war disillusion.
14 April 2000 | by David-240See all my reviews

I have never seen a 1930's American film like this one! Perhaps this is because it was directed by German director William Dieterle when he was fresh off the boat. Apart from a slightly pontifical doctor musing about the difficulties of war-time flyers adjusting to civilian life near the beginning of the film, this is a subtle, evocative, under-stated and powerful depiction of this mal-adjustment. Following the end of World War One a group of American flyer buddies go on a six months long bender in Paris and Lisbon. They link up with a rich young woman, beautifully played by Helen Chandler, who drinks as hard as they do. They are all a little in love with death and wander from one meaningless adventure to another in pursuit of it. It is here that the film encounters some difficulties - making meaninglessness dramatically interesting is very difficult.

But the actors do an admirable job in suggesting the huge pain under the jovial partying. Richard Barthelmess was one of the greatest screen actors ever, and his talents are well utilised here. Johnny Mack Brown is a revelation as the rougher Bill - who knew this cowboy star was such a fine actor? David Manners is also a surprise, much better here than in "Dracula", he proves to be capable of doing great emotional work. Elliott Nugent as the heavily traumatised Francis is unforgettable, and Walter Byron is fine as an unscrupulous hanger-on.

This is not a perfect film, but it is a brave one, and is absolutely essential to an understanding of the mood after World War One. It is no surprise that the writer was also responsible for "Wings" (1927) - his understanding of the relationships between men in and after wartime is phenomenal. Make sure you see it.


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