Passed | | Drama
Polio breaks out in Rio de Janeiro, the serum is in Santiago and there's only one way to get the medicine where it's desperately needed: flown in by daring pilots who risk the treacherous weather and forbidding peaks of the Andes.
In keeping with the precedent established by Grand Hotel (1932) and Dinner at Eight (1933), this film, the third in MGM's series of all-star productions, utilizes its cast episodically, in disparate scenes, as opposed to their playing off one another as an ensemble. While this was dictated largely by the scripts, which were merely remaining faithful to their source materials, the format served an additional benefit, as it required limited time from its cast members, thus freeing them up to concurrently shoot their individual star vehicles.
Wife of Brazilian Pilot:
I couldn't help it. I had to come. I just heard the Patagonia plane is lost.
Brazilian Pilot: He's done for, I guess. Pity. The very first night, too.
Wife of Brazilian Pilot: And they're going make you go anyway?
Brazilian Pilot: Well, *somebody* has to go. There wouldn't be anybody to fly if we all just quit...
Everyone involved in sending the medicine to Rio de Janeiro is told that it is urgently needed for children in the infantile paralysis ward, that every hour counts. But the package is addressed only to "City Hospital," with no name or even department.
During opening credits, the film title is done as "sky writing" by an airplane, and the plane is just finishing the last "T" on "flight".