Ceiling Zero

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

Something of a try-out for the later Only Angels Have Wings, this adaptation of a stage-play about mail pilots braving not only the elements but their own failing powers may suffer from a certain claustrophobic theatricality of setting, but Hawks keeps both his abiding interests (the tensions and loyalties within an enclosed group, the need for professionalism and a responsibility towards others) and his brisk narrative style to the fore. Cagney is superb as the devil-may-care flier whose womanising imperils the whole operation; O'Brien supplies solid support as the boss who ensures Cagney's belated redemption. Less complex and lyrical than Angels, but more than enough to go on with.


Release details

95 mins

Cast and crew

Howard Hawks
Frank Wead
James Cagney
Pat O'Brien
June Travis
Stuart Erwin
Isabel Jewell
Barton MacLane
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