On Saturday Matinee, we showcase full-length films from or about the diesel era. If you have any favorites you would love to see on the next Saturday Matinee, shoot me a message or comment in the box below.
This weekend, we're showing Non-Stop New York from 1937. In this strange bird of a film, a young chorus girl tries to free an innocent man from death row while being pursued by the gangsters. Her actions find her neck deep in trouble as she becomes the intended victim of a murder plot while on a transatlantic flight from London to New York.
Directed by Robert Stevenson, helmsman of King Solomon's Mines and almost every Disney live-action film in the '60s and '70s, I picked this film for today's Matinee because of Lord K's love for airboats. One of Non-Stop New York's most impressive set pieces is a giant flying boat with an interior of luxury comparable to an ocean liner or Zeppelin. It even has, in defiance of physics, external viewing balconies where passengers can pop out for a cigarette.
It doesn't take itself too seriously, so if you're looking for a fun movie with a giant plane and some great 1930s fashion, this is it.