The Aviator (1929 film)
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|Directed by||Roy Del Ruth|
|Produced by||Irving Asher|
|Written by||James Montgomery (play)
De Leon Anthony (titles)
|Starring||Edward Everett Horton
Patsy Ruth Miller
|Music by||Rex Dunn (uncredited)|
|Cinematography||Chick McGill (aka Barney McGill)|
|Edited by||William Holmes|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||December 14, 1929 (US)|
|Running time||75 minutes|
The Aviator is a 1929 all-talking pre-code Vitaphone comedy film produced and released by Warner Bros.. Directed by Roy Del Ruth, the film was based on the play of the same name by James Montgomery and starred Edward Everett Horton and Patsy Ruth Miller. The Aviator today is considered a lost film.
To boost the sales of a wartime book of flying experiences, Brooks, the publisher, credits the authorship to Robert Street (played by Edward Everett Horton), who is completely ignorant of aviation. Street gets into all sorts of trouble in attempting to carry out the ruse.
- Edward Everett Horton as Robert Street
- Patsy Ruth Miller as Grace Douglas
- Johnny Arthur as Hobart
- William Norton Bailey as Brooks
- Armand Kaliz as Major Jules Gaillard
- Edward Martindel as Gordon
- Lee Moran as Brown
- Kewpie Morgan as Sam Robinson
- Phillips Smalley as John Douglas
No film elements are known to survive. The soundtrack, which was recorded on Vitaphone disks, may survive in private hands.
- The film was remade again in 1930 as Going Wild, starring Joe E. Brown.
- A Foreign Language Version in French was made in 1931 and was entitled L'aviateur.
- In 1938, eight years after Going Wild, Warner Bros. remade this movie again as a musical titled Going Places starring Dick Powell and early role for Ronald Reagan. Going Places also featured the Johnny Mercer hit song "Jeepers Creepers" sung by Louis Armstrong.
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