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The Flying Ace: “Greatest Airplane Thriller Ever Produced” Restored 35mm Print from the Library of Congress

The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – $5.00 per ticket
For the full schedule of classic film screenings at the Portage, please click here.

Wednesday, January 30 @ 7:30pm
THE FLYING ACE
Directed by Richard E. Norman • 1926
With live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren!
Jacksonville, Florida was once “The Winter Film Capital of the World,” providing year-round sunlight to beleaguered East Coast moviemakers. By 1926, most production had decamped to Hollywood, but the Norman Film Manufacturing Company remained, making low-budget “race films” for exhibition in segregated theaters across America. White entrepreneur-director-distributor Richard E. Norman lured noted Harlem actor Lawrence Criner to Jacksonville for the title role in The Flying Ace, an aviation drama with an explicit agenda of racial uplift. Criner stars as Captain Billy Stokes, a World War I hero who turns detective when the railroad paymaster goes missing. It’s a measure of The Flying Ace’s effectiveness as a tried-and-true crowd-pleaser that we don’t even care that Norman skimped on the aerial stunts, with all the flying sequences playing out against a hastily painted sky. Beautifully restored by the Library of Congress, this vital piece of regional cinema will leave you giddy. (KW)
65 min • Norman Film Manufacturing Co. • 35mm from the Library of Congress
Serial: Captain Marvel: “The Scorpion Strikes” (John English & William Witney, 1941) – 35mm – 16 min

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