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The Conquest of the Air

Directed by Alexander Esway, Zoltan Korda, and John Monk Saunders
1930    71m    Not Rated
This drama follows man's attempts to fly from ancient times through the first balloons, the Wright Brothers, and other pioneers, using dramatic re-enactment and working models of early flying machines. Beginning with World War I, archival footage is used. Much on mid-1930s commercial aircraft and experimental planes including early helicopters. In conclusion, some sword-rattling appropriate to the opening months of World War II.
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Cast of The Conquest of the Air
  • Frederick CulleyRoger Bacon
  • Laurence OlivierVincent Lunardi
  • Franklin DyallJerome de Ascoli
  • Henry VictorOtto Lilienthal
  • Hay PetrieTiberius Cavallo
  • John TurnbullVon Zeppelin
  • Charles LefeauxLouis Bleriot
  • Bryan PowleyGeorge Cayley
  • Alan WheatleyGiovanni Alfonso Borelli
  • John AbbottJean-François Pilâtre de Rozier
  • Charles FrendNarrator (voice)
  • Edward Ashley(uncredited)
  • Italo BalboItalo Balbo (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Memo BenassiFrancesco Lama di Brescia (uncredited)
  • Denville BondOliver of Malmesbury (uncredited)
  • Tom Campbell BlackTom Black (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Charles CarrettLatham's Manager (uncredited)
  • Andrea ChecchiZoroastro (uncredited)
  • Arthur CloustonArthur Clouston (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Paul CodosPaul Codos (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Bryan Coleman(uncredited)
  • Derrick De Marney(uncredited)
  • Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Don Gemmell(uncredited)
  • Cameron HallDr. John Jeffries (uncredited)
  • Henry HallattJean-Pierre Blanchard (uncredited)
  • Pearl Hay(uncredited)
  • Ronnie HepworthBoy (uncredited)
  • Charles HickmanOrville Wright (uncredited)
  • Bert HinklerBert Hinkler (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Anthony HollesMechanic (uncredited)
  • David HorneNero (uncredited)
  • Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Charles Kingsford SmithCharles Kingsford Smith (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Betty Kirby-GreenBetty Kirby-Green (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Kenneth KoveGentleman at Reception (uncredited)
  • Charles A. LindberghCharles Lindbergh (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Peter MaddenAmerican Airliner Pilot (uncredited)
  • Percy MarmontWilbur Wright (uncredited)
  • David NicolAlfred Leblanc (uncredited)
  • Carlo NinchiGabriele Adanti di Perugia (uncredited)
  • Hilary PritchardCayley's Coachman (uncredited)
  • Michael RennieMarquis d'Arlandes (uncredited)
  • Maurice RossiMaurice Rossi (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Roy RoystonHubert Latham (uncredited)
  • C.W.A. ScottC.W.A. Scott (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Margaretta ScottIsobella d'Este (uncredited)
  • Leonard ShepherdAbbot Damian of Sterling (uncredited)
  • Dick VernonSimon the Magician (uncredited)
  • Ben WebsterLeonardo da Vinci (uncredited)

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