Ceiling Zero

foreign program for Ceiling Zero (1935)

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James Cagney and June Travis in a publicity still for Ceiling Zero (1935)

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James Cagney as pilot Dizzy Davis in Ceiling Zero (1935), his second film with Howard Hawks, after The Crowd Roars (1932) as a race car driver.  Both are good movies, with Ceiling Zero the better of the two.

 

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original lobby card for Ceiling Zero (1935), Howard Hawks third film set in the world of aviation, after The Air Circus and The Dawn Patrol.  His next aviation films will be Only Angels Have Wings and Air Force.

 

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publicity still for Ceiling Zero (1935) from Howard Hawks’ personal collection sold at auction.

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Howard Hawks and Pat O’Brien look to the skies for pilot James Cagney as Dizzy Davis in Ceiling Zero (1936).

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Howard Hawks celebrates Pat O’Brien’s birthday with James Cagney on the set of Ceiling Zero (1936).

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James Cagney and June Travis in a publicity still for Ceiling Zero (1936).  June was a spirited Hawksian woman, but it didn’t lead to much of a career.

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James Cagney as Dizzy Davis and June Travis as Tommy Thomas in Ceiling Zero (1936).  June was born in Chicago and had 35 acting credits in her career, from 1935 to Monsters A Go Go in 1965.  Ceiling Zero is her only career highlight, although she was support to Bette Davis in The Star (1952), notable mostly for Bette’s classic line “What a dump!”

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James Cagney, June Travis and Pat O’Brien in a Hawksian triangle in Ceiling Zero (1936).  Is James’s hand pushing away Pat, or is it more affectionate?

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James Cagney as pilot Dizzy Davis in a publicity still for Ceiling Zero (1936), written by Spig Wead, who was played by John Wayne in John Ford’s Wead biopic The Wings of Eagles (1957).

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James Cagney as pilot Dizzy Davis in Ceiling Zero (1936), his second film with Howard Hawks at Warner Brothers, after The Crowd Roars (1932) as a race car driver.

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James Cagney as Dizzy Davis in a publicity still for Ceiling Zero (1935)

James Cagney as Dizzy Davis in a publicity still for Ceiling Zero (1936).

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June Travis in a publicity still for Ceiling Zero (1936).  She is not texting on her cell phone, but perhaps checking her makeup in her compact mirror.  Can’t imagine what she’s holding to her ear with her right hand.

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June Travis in a publicity still for Ceiling Zero (1936).  June is a female pilot, equal to any man in her profession, so this must be on her day off from work.