Desire to know what became of the guy from The
Crowd can be satisfied here. James Murray was director King Vidor's discovery
who came to sorry ends, according to KV's memoir which positioned Murray as cautionary fable of what too much Hollywood could do to a
man. Otherwise, Air Hostess is Columbia
pudding not toothick, or enriching, theirs mixed by gallon to fill lower bills
or lead for smallest houses. There are rickety planes lined up and aloft. You
wonder how any pilots survived for long, never mind if there were wars in
progress. Air Hostess starts with sacrifice and promise made after dogfighting,
flashes forward to '33 for what's posited as pay-off. Murray has bombast but little flair. I see
Doug Jr. or the like playing it better at Warners. Evelyn Knapp stayed in B's,
even a serial (as updated Pauline, as in Perils Of ...). She's fresh and
appealing, but judging by career stall, not enough so? There's a train/plane
rescue for the finish with lamentable miniatures, but such was fun of
programmers like Air Hostess done on hope that crowds would forgive. The modest
pic collected $172K in domestic rentals. It turns up on TCM in a beautiful Columbia transfer.
Someone there needs a medal for inventory maintenance.