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This retelling of one of Charles Lindbergh's most famous feats stars Jimmy Stewart as the legendary flier, and was directed by Billy Wilder. The story, adapted from Lindbergh's autobiography, begins when the aviator is working as an airmail pilot, but has much loftier goals in mind for himself. He begins to envision a nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic - something that no one has ever done before - and finds a group in St. Louis, Missouri willing to provide the necessary financial backing; he then has a special plane built in honor of the funders. Later, as Lindbergh sits in his cockpit, waiting to take off, he thinks back over his days as a circus flier, stunt flier and aimail pilot. The journey itself presents a series of hazards, but Lindbergh perseveres, using the stars for navigation when his compass disappears and overcoming other obstacles such as ice on the wings. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:April 20, 1957

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Louis Lichtenfield Best Special Effects 1957 Nominee

Cast

James Stewart
as Charles A. Lindbergh
Murray Hamilton
as Bud Gurney
Bartlett Robinson
as B.F. Mahoney
Marc Connelly
as Father Hussman
Arthur Space
as Donald Hall
Robert Cornthwaite
as Knight
Charles Watts
as O.W. Schultz
William White
as Cadet
Jack Daly
as Louie
Olin Howland
as Surplus Dealer
Griff Barnett
as Old Farmer
Maurice Manson
as E. Lansing Ray
Roy Gordon
as Associate Producer
Carleton Young
as Commanding Officer
Budd Buster
as Mechanic
Eugene Borden
as French Gendarme
Sid Saylor
Erville Alderson
as Burt
Dabbs Greer
as Goldsborough
Percival Vivian
as Professor
David Orrick
as Harold Bixby
Virginia Christine
as Secretary
Paul Birch
as Blythe
Richard Deacon
as Levine
Robert Burton
as Maj. Lambert
Harlan Warde
as Boedecker
Jimmy Bates
as Farm Boy
Ann Morrison
as Mrs. Pearless
Ray Walker
as Barker
Lee Roberts
as Photographer
Aaron Spelling
as Mr. Pearless
Sheila Bond
as Model/Dancer
Nelson Leigh
as Director

Crew

Billy Wilder
Director
Billy Wilder
Screenwriter
Charles Lederer
Screenwriter
Wendell Mayes
Screenwriter
Robert Burks
Cinematographer
J. Peverell Marley
Cinematographer
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
Franz Waxman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Art Loel
Art Director
Louis Lichtenfield
Special Effects
Gordon Bau
Makeup
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