The Spirit of St. Louis

1957

The Spirit of St. Louis

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James Stewart plays transatlantic pilot hero Charles Lindbergh.

Cast

James Stewart
as Charles Augustus 'Slim' Lindbergh
Murray Hamilton
as Bud Gurney
Patricia Smith
as Mirror Girl
Bartlett Robinson
as B.F. Mahoney
Sheila Bond
as Model/Dancer
Marc Connelly
as Father Hussman
Arthur Space
as Donald Hall
Harlan Warde
as Boedecker
Dabbs Greer
as Goldsborough
Paul Birch
as Blythe
David Orrick
as Harold Bixby
Robert Burton
as Major Lambert
James L. Robertson Jr.
as William Robertson
Maurice Manson
as E. Lansing Ray
James O'Rear
as Earl Thompson
Griff Barnett
as Old Farmer
Johnny Lee
as Jess the Cook
Herbert C. Lytton
as Casey Jones
Roy Gordon
as Associate Producer
Aaron Spelling
as Mr. Pearless
Charles Watts
as O.W. Schultz
Syd Saylor
as Photographer
James O'Reare
as Earl Thompson
Lee Roberts
as Photographer
Ann Morrison
as Mrs. Pearless
James L. Robertson
as William Robertson
Nelson Leigh
as Director
Jack Daly
as Louie
Eugene Borden
as French Policeman
Olin Howland
as Surplus Dealer
Percival Vivian
as Professor
Budd Buster
as Mechanic
Ray Walker
as Barker
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Critic Reviews for The Spirit of St. Louis

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Audience Reviews for The Spirit of St. Louis

  • Feb 24, 2018
    Billy Wilder and James Stewart team-up to convey the excitement and achievement of Lucky Lindy's first trans-Atlantic flight. It's an uphill battle, what with the outcome being a given anymore, so the flight of endurance is peppered with anecdotal tales of Lindbergh's personal introduction to flight as well as how he was helped by many along the way. It's not very inspirational, the film, but the sense of how everyone shared in the feeling of accomplishment (such as when the Moon landing occurred) does come through. And Stewart delivers a bravura performance as America's Lone Eagle.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2011
    Director Billy Wilder puts on a showcase with this biopic of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh's life, from his humble barnstorming days to his "welcome home" tickertape parade through the streets of New York City (where he was supposedly greeted by 4 million people), is represented through both flashbacks and linear storyline. Lindbergh, of course, was the first aviator to fly nonstop from New York to Paris, and in doing so, both cemented his place in history as well as forever changing the way we travel. Wilder employs many great techniques while telling Lindbergh's story, from the aforementioned flashbacks, to giving the audience a chance to listen in on Lindbergh's inner monologue (most particularly effective when Lindbergh is trying to get to sleep the night before the big flight). And it seems so effortless the way it's all blended together, like Wilder got a dose of Bergman before making the film. Jimmy Stewart plays Lindbergh effortlessly, despite being twenty years older than the man he was portraying at the time. Then again, Stewart often plays the same kind of role (not that there's anything wrong with that), so there's little in the way of surprises regarding the Lindbergh character. While this is a Lindbergh biography (somewhat), there's little attention paid to his life post-flight, whether it be his supposed nazi sympathizing or the kidnapping of his child in what was referred to as the "crime of the century", and rightly so. A film entitled "The Spirit of St. Louis" should be about the uplifting triumph of the human spirit over a great challenge, not some tabloid fluff. Stewart and Wilder manage to capture the "spirit" to which these endeavors were made. Good stuff.
    Devon B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2009
    Billy Wilder's only Bio-Pic and directing of Jimmy Stewart is a nice change of pace. It's not his greatest film,but it is his best looking color film.Based on Lindbergh's autobiography it's about the preparation and flying across the Atlantic Ocean. Stewart Sells this film and Wilder comes up with interesting methods to keep the viewer from being bored. Some of the flashbacks are a little too aw...shucks,but some are really entertaing. Most of the flying footage is real and it looks great. I wish Wilder would have set a more claustrophobic mood ,because the sleep depravity works well .Enjoyable off the beaten path for Wilder and again it looks gorgeous.
    cody f Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2008
    A gripping biopic about Charles Lindbergh's record-breaking non-stop transatlantic flight of 1927. Billy Wilder does not immediately spring to mind as the ideal director for this sort of thing, but he does a solid job on the whole, occasionally injecting some of his trademark humour--sometimes successfully, sometimes not--but generally playing it straight. The success of the film is due in no small part to the ever-excellent James Stewart's infectious, boyish enthusiasm and to Franz Waxman's music, which underscores the tension marvellously. Visually, the film is pretty drab, and it's quite pointlessly photographed in Cinemascope. The portion detailing the flight itself is broken up by superfluous flashbacks, too obviously just a device to create the illusion of time passing. Another dubious device sees Lindbergh conveying his thoughts to us, the viewer, by chatting to a fly trapped in his cockpit! Silly as that undoubtedly is, I can sympathise with the makers' desire to supplement or limit Stewart's voice-over before it got too tedious.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer

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