Atlantic Flight (1937)
Directed by William Nigh
Dick Merrill as Dick Bennett
Jack Lambie as Jack Carter
Paula Stone as Gail Strong
Weldon Heyburn as Bill Edwards
Milburn Stone as Henry Wadsworth 'Pokey' Schultz
Ivan Lebedeff as Baron Hayygard
Lyle Morraine as Navy Lt. Lyle
In 1937, actual airplane pilot Dick Merrill become famous for being the first pilot to make a commercial transatlantic roundtrip flight.
Momogram Pictures, capitalizing on Merrill's celebrity status, quickly created the fictional film Atlantic Flight where Merrill plays himself as a pilot crossing the Atlantic with a medical serum that can save his friend's life. The film used real footage from Merrill's own stormy Atlantic crossing.
Dick Merrill, a real-life pilot who made a name for himself by breaking flight records, plays flyboy Dick Bennett, friend of want-to-be aircraft designer Bill. At a competition, Bill tries to fly his own plane but crashes it and is mortally wounded. Dick must break another air record to retrieve vital medicine that will save his friend's life.