The Flying Ace (1926)

“Confound the perversity of woman.” – Finley Tucker

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Mar 2023)

Brief Synopsis – After returning home from World War I, a man returns to his previous job as a railroad detective and must solve a very curious crime.

My Take on it – This is a film that has a great premise, but unfortunately just doesn’t work as well was one might hope. Some of the elemnets here feel ahead of their time and that is great, but the characters and story drag a bit to much along the way which hurts things too much. The flying scenes are done well especially given the level of effects used in movies at this time. The biggest problem here tho is the fact that it’s quite hard to care about any of the characters due to the way that they all feel a bit too superficial in the way that they are presented which is quite a shame.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The character of Ruth Sawtelle is allegedly based on African-American aviatrix Bessie Coleman, the first African-American person to hold an international pilot’s license. Coleman and her mechanic were killed in a plane crash near Jacksonville, Florida – where this film was produced – two months before production began. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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