Skyway (August 30, 1933)
Released on August 30, 1933: (running time 1 hour and 9 minutes) A brash fly-boy airplane pilot takes a job at a bank to impress his girlfriend and is framed for a large bank theft.
Produced by Trem Carr and William T. Lackey
Directed by Lewis D. Collins
Written by Albert DeMond and Paul B. Franklin
The Actors: Ray Walker (Robert 'Flash' Norris), Kathryn Crawford (Lila Beaumont), Arthur Vinton (Jim Hamilton), Claude Gillingwater (John Beaumont), Lucien Littlefield (Webster, bank accountant), Tom Dugan (Tug), Jed Prouty (Calvin Baker), Alice Lake (Mazie), George 'Gabby' Hayes (George Taylor, airport General Manager), Jack Kennedy (Police desk sergeant), Edmund Cobb (pilot Fredericks), King Baggot (agressive carnival troublemaker), Symona Boniface (Baker's girlfriend), John Webb Dillon (ship's officer), Jack Herrick (patrolman), Otto Hoffman (Mr. Hammond, man at bank), Alphonse Martell (store clerk), Charles McMurphy (ships officer), Frank Meredith (Officer Casey, court policeman), Jack Pennick (Spike), Dick Rush (Pete), Jack C. Smith (policeman), Harry Tenbrook (truck driver)
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The Fly-Boy and the Banker's Daughter
For the first half of this movie I must confess that I disliked the hero. . . no, . . . . ‘dislike’ is the wrong word. . . I absolutely hated this fellow. What a cocky, self-centered, know-it-all, bruising for a fist fight, crude, rude man. Anyone that gets in his way, whether intentional or by mistake, feels his fist and not his smile. He has no time to think - just time to act.
‘Flash’ Norris, played by Ray Walker, is totally opposite to my personality. I am a ‘measure twice, cut once’ kind of fellow. . . sure and steady, plodding along without looking right or left. But by the end of the movie I didn't hate him anymore. . . I was extremely jealous. I found myself wishing that I could muster some of his brash impulsiveness.
The year is 1933 and the world is in the deepest part of the Great Depression. Banks are failing every day, business is struggling to survive, and air travel is in its infancy. The fly-boys who jockey these new flying machines are the dare-devils of the day. . . Many people love them because of their sense of adventure, facing death every time they take to the air, but some people think that they are totally crazy. Why would anyone with two good legs leave the ground and dare destiny by flying in the air!
Our hero, cocky 25-year-old ‘Flash’ Norris, gets fired from his flying job and at the same time meets pretty, young twenty-year-old Lila, who likes speed as much as he does, but her weapon of choice is a fast car instead of an airplane. Lila’s father is a banker, and Lila, like many women in love, is determined to change her man from a daring young fly-boy into a quiet and calculating banker.
Someone once said that when a girl gets married she hopes to change her new husband into the man she wants him to become. When a boy gets married, he hopes that his new wife will never change. Both of them usually fail in their hopes. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
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