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original lobby card for Ceiling Zero (1936).

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Pat O’Brien as Jake L. Lee in Ceiling Zero (1936).  It was his fourth of nine films with James Cagney.  They previously  played pilots in Devil Dogs of the Air (1935).  Angels with Dirty Faces (1939) and Torrid Zone (1940) are also very entertaining for classic film fans.

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Howard Hawks’ 19th motion picture, Ceiling Zero, premiered Jan 16, 1936.  The original play by Frank Wead (who was played by John Wayne in John Ford’s The Wings of Eagles), played on Broadway from Apr to Jul 1935.  John Litel had the James Cagney role of Dizzy Davis.

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The back of this publicity still reads, in long hand “Frank McHugh, Warner Bros. comedian who will shortly be seen in Ceiling Zero (1936).  Frank did not appear in the film.  Perhaps his part was taken by Stuart Erwin, who replaced Lee Tracy in an earlier Howard Hawks film, Viva Villa.  Frank did appear opposite James Cagney in Howard Hawks’ The Crowd Roars (1932).

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James Cagney as commercial pilot Dizzy Davis in an original Warner Brothers publicity still for Ceiling Zero (1936)

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James Cagney and Pat O’Brien in a screencap from Ceiling Zero (1936)

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foreign flyer for Ceiling Zero (1936)

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foreign poster for Ceiling Zero (1936).  It’s one of Howard Hawks’ better films of the 30s.

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Isabell Jewel and June Travis in a publicity still from Ceiling Zero (1936) on the cover of a foreign movie magazine.

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souvenir picture book for Ceiling Zero (1936)

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James Cagney’s torn i.d. in a screencap from Ceiling Zero (1936)

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the aviation team in Ceiling Zero (1936) includes a female pilot.

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June Travis and James Cagney in Ceiling Zero (1936).  They were a fine Hawksian couple and June was a fine Hawksian woman, but her big break didn’t lead to much of a career.

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James Cagney and June Travis in a screencap from Ceiling Zero (1936).