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The Flying Irishman

Directed by Leigh Jason
1939    71m    Not Rated
This is the story of the historic 1938 flight of Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan who starred as himself in this film, which chronicled his infamous flight. On July 17, 1938, he 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, he 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.
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Cast of The Flying Irishman
  • Douglas CorriganDouglas Corrigan
  • Eddie QuillanHenry Corrigan
  • Paul KellyButch Brannen
  • Robert ArmstrongJoe Alden
  • Gene ReynoldsYoung Douglas Corrigan
  • Minor WatsonAirport Personnel Manager
  • Dorothy PetersonMa Corrigan
  • Scotty BeckettYoung Henry Corrigan
  • Peggy RyanEdith Corrigan
  • Becky BohanonYoung Edith Corrigan
  • Donald MacBrideRoy Thompson
  • Cora WitherspoonMamie Thompson
  • Spencer ChartersSmedley
  • Dorothy ApplebyMaybelle
  • Joyce ComptonSally
  • Roy GordonDr. Howard
  • Grady SuttonClothing Store Sales Clerk
  • Marcia Mae JonesTeenager
  • Edward GarganJ.R. Robinson
  • Charles WilliamsCar Repo Man
  • George ChandlerAirport Gas Attendant
  • Louis Jean HeydtAirport Spectator
  • Knox ManningCommentator
  • Don BarclayBettor
  • Leon BelascoRussian Commentator
  • Frank Coghlan Jr.Teenager Taking Photograph
  • Joe CunninghamSecond Man Grounding Doug in New York
  • Frank FaylenNew York Mechanic
  • Ralph GravesFirst Man Grounding Doug in New York
  • Kenneth HarlanMan at New York Airport
  • Olaf HyttenIrish Airport Radio Operator
  • Lloyd IngrahamDoctor Attending Mrs. Corrigan
  • Charles IrwinOffice at Ireland Airport
  • Tiny JonesFlower Peddlar
  • Milton KibbeeNew York Airport Manager
  • Ann KundeAirplane Passenger
  • Dorothy LovettTelephone Operator
  • George MagrillNew York Airport Workman
  • Philip MorrisMechanic
  • Horace MurphyDrunk at New York Airport
  • Perry NoisomMessenger
  • Lee PhelpsMechanic Hiring Doug
  • Jack RiceAirplane Owner Selling It to Corrigan
  • Billy WaynePhotographer
  • Gayne WhitmanNew York City Announcer
  • J.M. KerriganMr. Clyde Corrigan Sr.

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