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Flight Into Nowhere

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Flight Into Nowhere
Directed byLewis D. Collins
Screenplay byJefferson Parker
Gordon Rigby
Story byWilliam Bloom
Clarence Jay Schneider
Produced byLarry Darmour
StarringJack Holt
Jacqueline Wells
Dick Purcell
CinematographyJames S. Brown Jr.
Edited byDwight Caldwell
Larry Darmour Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 18, 1938 (1938-04-18) (US)[1]
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States

Flight Into Nowhere is a 1938 American adventure film directed by Lewis D. Collins, and produced by Larry Darmour for Columbia Pictures.[2] The film stars Jack Holt, Jacqueline Wells and Dick Purcell.[3] In the low-budget action film, the locale of South America jungles provides an exciting venue for "flyboy" Jack Holt, who is trying to establish a new route for an American airline.[1] [N 1]

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Headstrong pilot Bill Kellogg (Dick Purcell), despite landing safely, flew his airliner into a storm, and is fired. When, his boss at Trans Continental Airways, Jim Horne (Jack Holt), finds out Bill has secretly wed Joan Hammond (Jacqueline Wells), the daughter of the airline's owner, he relents and allows Bill to keep his job.

Fellow pilot, Ike Matthews (James Burke), is assigned to a proving flight over the western coast of the South American jungle to photograph potential landing fields. Bill is jealous of the publicity that the first flight will achieve and steals the aircraft to do the job himself. Flying in the same irresponsible way that made him dangerous, Bill pushes on, even when he is radioed that there is insufficient fuel on board.

In running out of gas, Bill chooses to crash-land near an Indian village. Only an Indian woman, L-ana (Karen Sorrell) helps Bill, as the villagers refuse to help him get back to civilization. Bill tries but is unable to get the radio working to send out an emergency message. Jim and Ike fly over the South American jungle, but a storm prevents them from spotting the village. They continue on to Rio Vista where the pilots meet Joan and for her sake, Jim organizes a rescue mission.

Led by natives, the rescuers finds a village holding Dr. Butler (Robert Fiske) captive. After a fierce battle, the doctor is freed but meanwhile, Bill, despondent over his fate, has taken on the native ways by marrying L-ana. Jim's expedition finally locates the tribe, but when he sees Bill's new life and native marriage, the two men cannot reconcile what has happened.

Knowing he is now able to get back home, Bill leaves without L-ana, but her brother (Fritz Leiber) is enraged at this affront, and kills him. After returning to Rio Vista, Jim tells Joan that Bill died in the accident, sacrificing himself to avoid landing in a field full of women and children. Bill is able to allow Joan to accept that her husband still loved her and died courageously.



Principal photography on Flight Into Nowhere, took place from January 20 to February 8, 1938, at the United Airport, Burbank (Los Angeles).[5]

The aircraft used in Flight Into Nowhere were:


Aviation film historian James H. Farmer in Celluloid Wings: The Impact of Movies on Aviation (1984) described Flight Into Nowhere as "fast-paced formula fare".[7]



  1. ^ Reviewer Hal Erickson noted, "For a man who was reportedly deathly afraid of flying, Jack Holt certainly made more than his share of aviation pictures."[4]


  1. ^ a b "Detail view:  'Flight into Nowhere'." American Film Institute, 2019. Retrieved: June 30, 2019.
  2. ^ Pendo 1985, p. 16.
  3. ^ Paris 1995, p. 74.
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Review: 'Storm Over the Andes' (1935).", 2019. Retrieved: July 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "Original print information: 'Flight Into Nowhere' (1938)." TCM, 2019. Retrieved: July 30, 2019.
  6. ^ Santoir, Christian. "Review: 'Flight Into Nowhere' (1938)." Aeromovies, 2019. Retrieved: July 30, 2019.
  7. ^ Farmer 1984, p. 306.


  • Farmer, James H. Celluloid Wings: The Impact of Movies on Aviation. Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania: Tab Books Inc., 1984. ISBN 978-0-83062-374-7.
  • Paris, Michael. From the Wright Brothers to Top Gun: Aviation, Nationalism, and Popular Cinema. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 1995. ISBN 978-0-7190-4074-0.
  • Pendo, Stephen. Aviation in the Cinema. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1985. ISBN 0-8-1081-746-2.

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