27 December 2012 | Michael_Elliott
Cast Makes It Worth Viewing
Flight from Glory (1937)
*** (out of 4)
Good "B" picture from RKO centers on a group of reject pilots working in Delgado for a boss (Onslow Stevens) who is more interested in money than people's safety. This causes problems when a alcoholic pilot (Van Heflin) shows up with a new wife (Whitney Bourne) and catches the attention of a lead pilot (Chester Morris). FLIGHT FROM GLORY is a pretty silly film that suffers from an obvious low-budget but the cast members are so good that you can't help but overlook the flaws and just sit back and enjoy the picture. I've always been a fan of Morris and I thought he did a pretty good job here and certainly had no issues getting this character across. This includes his dead serious look that he uses each time something dramatic happens. I also enjoyed Bourne as she had some great chemistry with all the men in the film. Heflin was very good in this early role in his career and Stevens really managed to be fun as the bad guy. There are some pretty good aerial shots and the cinematography is a step up from what you'd typical see in a picture like this. The biggest problem is the budget as the majority of the film appears to be shot on just a couple sets and you can tell this is a film that needs to be expanded a bit to fully get everything it's going for. Still, if you're a fan of the cast or director Lew Landers then you'll want to check this out.