Movie Diary 6/8/2011

Night Flight (Clarence Brown, 1933). Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by way of MGM, with an all-star cast threading their way through storms and poor visibility during a single evening’s flying in South America. Clark Gable and Robert Montgomery are flyboys, Helen Hayes and Myrna Loy women who wait, John Barrymore the airline chief, Lionel Barrymore his eczema-rattled flunky. Some of the material may be stock (J. Barrymore in particular is out of the heart-of-iron/but-dammit-he-cares mold), but the flying scenes are sufficiently evocative to make it memorable.

At What a Feeling!, vintage Eighties looks at Rick Springfield’s big starring shot, Hard to Hold, and the out-of-step business satire Head Office.