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Flying Blind (1941)

A spy steals a secret military device, then hijacks an airliner to get away. The airliner crashes in the wilderness & the survivors are threatened by a raging forest fire.


Frank McDonald


Maxwell Shane (original screenplay), Richard Murphy (original screenplay)




Cast overview:
Richard Arlen ... Jim Clark
Jean Parker ... Shirley Brooks
Nils Asther ... Eric Karolek
Marie Wilson ... Veronica Gimble
Roger Pryor ... Rocky Drake
Eddie Quillan ... Riley
Dick Purcell ... Bob Fuller
Grady Sutton ... Chester Gimble
Kay Sutton ... Miss Danila
Charlotte Henry ... Corenson's Secretary
Joseph Crehan ... Nunnally
William Hall ... Lew West
Dwight Frye ... Leo Qualen
James Seay ... Dave - Flight Dispatcher


A spy steals a secret military device, then hijacks an airliner to get away. The airliner crashes in the wilderness & the survivors are threatened by a raging forest fire. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A plane-load of thrills ... as two lovers battle spies in the skies! See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

29 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blindflygning See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


At the beginning of the film a Douglas DC-3 comes into land, but the aircraft seen taxi-ing is a Boeing 247. The passengers do not seem to get off a tail-wheel aircraft as the fuselage seems to be on the level rather than sloping. See more »

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all around the mulberry bush
13 September 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

My favorite part of this one is Grady Sutton as "Chester". Sutton had worked with W.C. Fields and Katherine Hepburn, so he had sure perfected his timing as the country bumpkin by the time this came around. Richard Arlen stars as pilot Jim Clark, and he quits his job, along with Shirley (Jean Parker) to start his own airline company. When Shirley starts to date other guys, Jim gets jealous and tries to trick the other guy into going out of town for a while. There are spies around, and when someone tries to steal a gadget from the military, it gets more complicated from there. This gets a pretty low rating on imdb, since the sound and picture quality are so bad, but we're probably lucky to have this one around, even in the un-copyrighted version. It's okay. a bit convoluted, which is probably accounts for the low ratings. Showing on Moonlight Movie channel.....

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