Non-Stop New York (1937)





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While W.C. Fields poked fun at the asinine notion of a high-speed airplane with an open observation deck in Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941), the producers of the futuristic British melodrama Non-Stop New York (1937) take this notion quite seriously. The film's setpiece is a streamlined luxury plane designed for transatlantic passenger flight (something that would not become a common occurrence until 1940). Anna Lee plays a chorus girl whose has been targeted for extermination by the London underworld because she can provide an alibi for a murder suspect. The police won't believe her, but that doesn't dissuade the syndicated hit men. Seeking escape, Lee stows away on a plane bound for New York; the gangsters follow, overpower the pilots, and parachute from the plane, leaving Lee and the passengers helplessly hurtling through the clouds. The day is saved by detective John Loder, who'd also boarded the plane in search of Lee. The climax involves an aerial fistfight on the wing of the speeding plane. If you believe this sequence, chances are you'll swallow whole the rest of Non-Stop New York: if not, you'll have a grand old time all the same. The script by (among others) Curt Siodmak and Roland Pertwee was based on Sky Steward, a novel by Ken Attiwill.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Anna Lee
as Jennie Carr
John Loder
as Inspector Jim Grant
Francis L. Sullivan
as Hugo Brant
Frank Cellier
as Sam Pryor
Desmond Tester
as Arnold James
William Dewhurst
as Mortimer
James Pirrie
as Billy Cowper
Drusilla Wills
as Ma Carr
Jerry Verno
as Steward
Athene Seyler
as Aunt Veronica
Ellen Pollock
as Miss Harvey
Arthur Goullet
as Henry Abel
Peter Bull
as Spurgeon
Tony Quinn
as Harrigan
Danny Green
as Gangster
Bryan Herbert
as Gangster
Tom Scott
as (uncredited)
Aubrey Pollock
as (uncredited)
Sam Wilkinson
as Sailor
Atholl Fleming
as (uncredited)
Alf Goddard
as Warder at Holloway Gaol
H.G. Stoker
as Captain
Jack Lester
as (uncredited)
Hal Walters
as Porter
Albert Chevalier
as (uncredited)
Roy Allen Smith
as (uncredited)
Billy Watts
as (uncredited)
Edmon Ryan
as (uncredited)
Percy Parsons
as American Judge
Alexander Sarner
as (uncredited)
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