That was a very interesting little movie. Thank you for bringing it to us. What I found particularly interesting was the demeanor of the passengers on board the early Curtiss Condors which was obviously inspired by the best that the railroad has to offer. Airplane passengers rarely are as animated and relaxed as in this movie. The reason being, frankly, is that most are thinking about dropping thousands of feet out of the sky. That was true before 9/11, and I would assume, quite pronounced during the pioneering days of air flight such as depicted in this film. The passengers look like they are in good spirits...travelling on a train, where travel is more relaxed and conducive to good humor and communication between many other passengers and not just your seat mate. I'm sure that the producers of this flick took that cue from the railroads. They knew that if they showed the typical airplane cabin, that viewers would notice the tension and compare in their own minds their experiences on board trains...which would have been a gross PR error. And that's where trains had the edge. Trains had their accidents, but everyone knows that what will delay you in a train mishap will kill you thousands of feet up in the air. AA wanted it's viewers to forget all that, so they made it look like New York Central's 20th Century Limited. By the way, some juice went into that flick. Did you notice the presence of who I believe might have been famous persons of the day ? I think that the "fat guy" is Fatty Arbuckle, an infamous actor who later became quite controversial. And could that actually be Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame ? hahaha!!! Who's the actress ? Anyone know ? Oh, and you gotta love the added extra footage after the end of the flick, "Yes, air travel has changed...especially at American", so as to not confuse the viewer into thinking that AA still runs with Condors. And best of all, I believe that the voice is non other than great character actor/icon, the late Leslie Nielsen of "Airport" fame. hahaha!!!
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