A scene from Flying Padre
|Directed by||Stanley Kubrick|
|Produced by||Burton Benjamin|
|Written by||Stanley Kubrick|
|Narrated by||Bob Hite|
|Music by||Nathaniel Shilkret|
|Edited by||Isaac Kleinerman|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Running time||9 minutes|
The subject of Flying Padre is a Catholic priest in rural New Mexico, Father Fred Stadtmuller. Because his 400-square mile parish is so large, he uses a Piper Cub airplane (named the "Spirit of St. Joseph") to travel from one isolated settlement to another. The film shows him providing spiritual guidance, giving sermons at funerals, and serving as an impromptu air ambulance by flying a sick child and his mother to hospital.
After Kubrick sold his first short film, the self-financed Day of the Fight, to RKO in 1951 for $4000 (pocketing a $100 profit), the company advanced the 23-year-old filmmaker money to make a documentary short for their Pathe Screenliner series. Flying Padre was the result.
In an interview in 1969, Kubrick referred to Flying Padre as "silly".
- Joseph Gelmis "An Interview With Stanley Kubrick (1969), excerpted from The Film Director as Superstar New York: Doubleday, 1970.
- "Stanley Kubrick: The Master Filmmaker - Biography/Chronology
- Hite was an announcer and anchor for CBS from 1944-1979, during which time he was announcer for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. Prior to joining CBS, Hite was at WXYZ, Detroit, where he narrated the old radio shows such as The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, and The Shadow. IMDB Bob Hite (II)
- Flying Padre at the Internet Movie Database
- Flying Padre at the TCM Movie Database
- Flying Padre at Kubrick: Master Filmmaker
- Flying Padre at Kubrick Multimedia Film Guide
- Flying Padre (Translated from French to English by Google)
- The Kubrick Site