The Flying Irishman

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The Flying Irishman (aka Born to Fly) is a 1939 biographical drama film produced by RKO Pictures about Douglas Corrigan's unofficial transatlantic flight the previous year in a dilapidated Curtiss Robin light aircraft. The film was directed by Leigh... read more

The Flying Irishman (aka Born to Fly) is a 1939 biographical drama film produced by RKO Pictures about Douglas Corrigan's unofficial transatlantic flight the previous year in a dilapidated Curtiss Robin light aircraft. The film was directed by Leigh Jason based on a screenplay by Ernest Pagano and Dalton Trumbo. The Flying Irishman covers the material of Corrigan's autobiography, That's My Story, from his early life to his return from his wrong-way flight. Because of the huge popularity of Corrigan and his flight, the screenplay assumes that the material is already familiar to its audience.

Original Release

04/07/1939

US Release

04/07/1939

Cast

Douglas Corrigan Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan / Douglas Corrigan
Eddie Quillan Henry Corrigan
Paul Kelly Butch Brannan / Butch Brannen
Robert Armstrong Joe Alden
Gene Reynolds Clyde 'Douglas' Corrigan / Young Douglas Corrigan
Minor Watson Airport Personnel Manager / Airline Personnel Manager
Dorothy Peterson Ma Corrigan / Mrs. Edith Corrigan - Doug's Mother
Scotty Beckett Henry Corrigan - 7 Years Old / Young Henry Corrigan
Peggy Ryan Edith Corrigan / Miss Edith Corrigan - Doug's Sister
Becky Bohanon Edith - as a Little Girl / Young Edith Corrigan
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Leigh Jason

Writers

Ernest Pagano, Dalton Trumbo

Cast

Douglas Corrigan Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan / Douglas Corrigan
Eddie Quillan Henry Corrigan
Paul Kelly Butch Brannan / Butch Brannen
Robert Armstrong Joe Alden
Gene Reynolds Clyde 'Douglas' Corrigan / Young Douglas Corrigan
Minor Watson Airport Personnel Manager / Airline Personnel Manager
Dorothy Peterson Ma Corrigan / Mrs. Edith Corrigan - Doug's Mother
Scotty Beckett Henry Corrigan - 7 Years Old / Young Henry Corrigan
Peggy Ryan Edith Corrigan / Miss Edith Corrigan - Doug's Sister
Becky Bohanon Edith - as a Little Girl / Young Edith Corrigan
Donald MacBride Mr. Roy Thompson / Roy Thompson
Cora Witherspoon Mamie Thompson / Mrs. Mamie 'Make' Thompson
Spencer Charters Smedley / Mr. Smedley
Dorothy Appleby Maybelle / Maybelle - a Waitress
Joyce Compton Sally / Sally - a Waitress
Roy Gordon Dr. Howard / Doctor Brown
Grady Sutton Clothing Store Sales Clerk / Clothing Salesman
Marcia Mae Jones Teenager / Teenager Posing For Photograph
Edward Gargan J.R. Robinson / Jim 'J.R.' Robinson
Charles Williams Car Repo Man / Repo Man

Editors

Arthur Roberts

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