Title card 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|
|March 23, 1951|
The subject of Flying Padre is a Catholic priest in rural New Mexico, Father Fred Stadtmueller. Because his 4000-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, saying a funeral Mass, 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 Archived 2009-07-12 at the Portuguese Web Archive
- 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 on IMDb
- Flying Padre at the TCM Movie Database
- Flying Padre at Kubrick: Master Filmmaker[permanent dead link]
- Flying Padre at Kubrick Multimedia Film Guide
- Flying Padre (Translated from French to English by Google)
- The Kubrick Site
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