The Flying Fleet

The Flying Fleet

Ramon Novarro
Director: George W. Hill Cast: Ramon Novarro
Ramon Novarro
, Ralph Graves
Ralph Graves
, Anita Page
Anita Page
George W. Hill

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)



Flying Fleet was one of the first script-writing efforts of Lt. Commander Frank "Spig" Wead, who came to Hollywood after the crippling accident that ended his naval career (Wead's life story was later romanticized in the 1957 John Ford picture The Wings of Eagles). Evidently, Wead's favorite story involved two military men who have a falling out over a beautiful woman. In this instance, six U.S. Naval Academy graduates argue over "dames" while attending flying school. Foremost among the cadets are Tommy (Ramon Novarro) and Steve (Ralph Graves, who showed up in several Wead films), while the romantic bone of contention is Anita (Anita Page). The rate of attrition amongst the six would-be flyboys is astonishing, and as a result only Tommy and Steve are able to complete the training process. In time-honored tradition, our heroes forget their personal problems when lives are at stake. The film is distinguished by its first-rate aviation scenes, superbly photographed by Charles A. Marshall. A silent film, Flying Fleet was released with a synchronized music and sound-effects track; a "restored" version of the film debuted over the Turner Classic Movies cable service in the mid-1990s.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/2010
UPC: 0883316227206
Original Release: 1929
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 57,896

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ramon Novarro Tommy
Ralph Graves Steve
Anita Page Anita
Eddie Nugent Dizzy
Carroll Nye Tex
Sumner Getchell Kewpie
Gardner James Specs
Alfred Allen Admiral

Technical Credits
George W. Hill Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Charles Marshall Cinematographer
Byron Morgan Original Story
Ira Morgan Cinematographer
Richard Schayer Screenwriter
Frank Wead Original Story

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