Difference between revisions of "The Spirit of St. Louis"
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James Stewart (Charles Lindbergh)
Murray Hamilton (Harlan A. "Bud" Gurney)
Arthur Space (Donald A. Hall)
The Spirit of St. Louis is a 1957 biographical film directed by Billy Wilder and starring James Stewart as Charles Lindbergh. The screenplay was adapted by Charles Lederer, Wendell Mayes, and Billy Wilder from Lindbergh's 1953 autobiographical account of his historic flight, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1954. Along with reminiscences of his early days in aviation, the film depicts Lindbergh's historic 33-hour transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis monoplane from his take off at Roosevelt Field to his landing at Le Bourget Field in Paris on May 21, 1927.
Three flying replicas of the NYP were made for the film, along with various static props and models.
Lindbergh's airmail flying days are depicted in a flashback sequence in which he attempts to fly in the face of a blizzard.
A number of Standard J-1s appear in flashback sequences depicting Lindbergh's days as a flight instructor and barnstorming pilot.
A number of Curtiss JN-4s appear in flashback sequences depicting Lindbergh's days as a barnstorming pilot.
These 2 seaters appear on the flight line at Brooks Field.