The Flying Irishman (1939)

This is the story of the historic 1938 flight of Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan. Mr. Corrigan starred in this film, which chronicled his infamous flight. On July 17, 1938, Mr. Corrigan loaded 320 gallons of gasoline (40 hours worth) into the tiny, single engine plane. While expressing his intent to fly west to Long Beach, CA, Mr. Corrigan flew out of Floyd Bennett Field heading east over the Atlantic. Instrumentation in the plane included two compasses (both malfunctioned) and a turn-and-bank indicator. The cabin door was held shut with baling wire. Nearly 29 hours later, he landed in Baldonnel near Dublin. He forever claimed to be surprised at arriving in Ireland rather than California. He returned to the US as a hero, with a ticker tape parade in New York and received numerous medals and awards.

Directing:
  • Leigh Jason

Writing:
  • Dalton Trumbo
  • Ernest Pagano

Stars:
Release Date: 1939-04-07
themoviedb icon 4.5/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 71

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Minor Watson
Minor Watson
Airport Personnel Manager
Robert Armstrong
Robert Armstr...
Joe Alden
Scotty Beckett
Scotty Becket...
Henry Corrigan (as a boy)
George Chandler
George Chandl...
Airport Gas Attendant
Peggy Ryan
Peggy Ryan
Edith Corrigan
Frank Faylen
Frank Faylen
New York Mechanic
Eddie Quillan
Eddie Quillan
Henry Corrigan
Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly
Butch Brannen
Gene Reynolds
Gene Reynolds
Douglas Corrigan (as a boy)
Dorothy Peterson
Dorothy Peter...
Ma Corrigan
Donald MacBride
Donald MacBri...
Roy Thompson
Cora Witherspoon
Cora Withersp...
Mamie Thompson
Spencer Charters
Spencer Chart...
Smedley
Joyce Compton
Joyce Compton
Sally
Grady Sutton
Grady Sutton
Clothing Store Sales Clerk
Marcia Mae Jones
Marcia Mae Jo...
Teenager
Edward Gargan
Edward Gargan
J.R. Robinson
Louis Jean Heydt
Louis Jean He...
Airport Spectator
Knox Manning
Knox Manning
Commentator
Don Barclay
Don Barclay
Bettor
Leon Belasco
Leon Belasco
Russian Commentator
Kenneth Harlan
Kenneth Harla...
Man at New York Airport
Olaf Hytten
Olaf Hytten
Irish Airport Radio Operator
Charles Irwin
Charles Irwin
Office at Ireland Airport
Milton Kibbee
Milton Kibbee
New York Airport Manager
Dorothy Lovett
Dorothy Lovet...
Telephone Operator
George Magrill
George Magril...
New York Airport Workman
Jack Rice
Jack Rice
Airplane Owner Selling It to Corrigan
J. M. Kerrigan
J. M. Kerriga...
Mr. Clyde Corrigan Sr.
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