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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.

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James Cagney, June Travis and Pat O’Brien in a publicity still for Ceiling Zero (1936), one of Howard Hawks’ better and more entertaining films, eclipsed only because of Hawks’ numerous masterpieces.

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James Cagney and Stuart Erwin in Ceiling Zero (1936).  Stuart was born in Squaw Valley, California and had 126 acting credits in his career, from 1928 to a 1968 tv movie.  His career highlights include Viva Villa, also with Howard Hawks, and Our Town.  From 1950 Stuart was most often seen on tv, first appearing in 130 episodes of The Stu Erwin Show (1950-55) as high school principal Stu Erwin.

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James Cagney as Dizzy Davis and June Travis as Tommy Thomas in Ceiling Zero (1936).  June was quite likeable opposite Cagney, but she didn’t otherwise have much of a career, with 30 acting credits from 1932 to 1938 and two more films in 1952 to 1965.

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Three pilots in Ceiling Zero (1936).  Other aviation themed films from Howard Hawks are the lost silent Air Circus, The Dawn Patrol, Only Angels Have Wings and Air Force.

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Mail pilots at ground control in Ceiling Zero (1936).  Only Angels Have Wings was another Howard Hawks story about mail pilots.

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Ceiling Zero is Howard Hawks’ 19th film.

Ceiling Zero premiered Jan 16, 1936.

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James Cagney, Pat O’Brien and June Travis in a typical Hawks triangle in Ceiling Zero (1936)