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* TravelMontage: The transportation of the planes from England to India, complete with a graphic of a map with a line showing the ship going through the Suez Canal before making port in Karachi.

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* TravelMontage: The transportation of the planes from England to India, complete with a graphic of a map with a line showing the ship going through the Suez Canal before making port in Karachi.Karachi.
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It is a documentary short recounting the first RealLife attempt to fly over Mount Everest. This had never been attempted before, and it was no small feet in the 1930s when most airplanes did not fly anywhere near as high as the 9000 meters or so required to clear the mountain. Lady Lucy Houston (who, the film does not mention, was once a showgirl) agrees to fund the expedition. A party of adventurers led by Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, the Duke of Hamilton, then set out to conquer the mountain. The planes are assembled in England and then sent by boat to Karachi, India--not Karachi, UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}, but India, because this is UsefulNotes/TheRaj.

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It is a documentary short recounting the first RealLife attempt to fly over Mount Everest. This had never been attempted before, and it was no small feet feat in the 1930s when most airplanes did not fly anywhere near as high as the 9000 meters or so required to clear the mountain. Lady Lucy Houston (who, the film does not mention, was once a showgirl) agrees to fund the expedition. A party of adventurers led by Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, the Duke of Hamilton, then set out to conquer the mountain. The planes are assembled in England and then sent by boat to Karachi, India--not Karachi, UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}, but India, because this is UsefulNotes/TheRaj.


It is a documentary short recounting the RealLife attempt to fly over Mount Everest. This had never been attempted before, and it was no small feet in the 1930s when most airplanes did not fly anywhere near as high as the 9000 meters or so required to clear the mountain. Lady Lucy Houston (who, the film does not mention, was once a showgirl) agrees to fund the expedition. A party of adventurers led by Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, the Duke of Hamilton, then set out to conquer the mountain. The planes are assembled in England and then sent by boat to Karachi, India--not Karachi, UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}, but India, because this is UsefulNotes/TheRaj.

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It is a documentary short recounting the first RealLife attempt to fly over Mount Everest. This had never been attempted before, and it was no small feet in the 1930s when most airplanes did not fly anywhere near as high as the 9000 meters or so required to clear the mountain. Lady Lucy Houston (who, the film does not mention, was once a showgirl) agrees to fund the expedition. A party of adventurers led by Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, the Duke of Hamilton, then set out to conquer the mountain. The planes are assembled in England and then sent by boat to Karachi, India--not Karachi, UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}, but India, because this is UsefulNotes/TheRaj.

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* StiffUpperLip: Hilariously illustrated by an exchange between one of the pilots and the ground crew, after the planes have successfully returned.
--> "Did you make it?"\\
"Yes."\\
"How was it?"\\
"All right."


It is a documentary short recounting the RealLife attempt to fly over Mount Everest. This had never been attempted before, and it was no small feet in the 1930s when most airplanes did not fly anywhere near as high as the 9000 meters or so required to clear the mountain. Lady Lucy Houston (who, the film does not mention, was once a showgirl) agrees to fund the expedition. A party of adventurers led by Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, the Duke of Hamilton, then set out to conquer the mountain. The planes are assembled in England and then sent by boat to Karachi, India--not Karachi, UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}, but India, because this is UsefulNotes/TheRaj.

The men wait for day after day to make their historic flight. Finally, when the weather clears, they go up on April 9, 1933 in two unpressurized biplanes, breathing bottled oxygen as they fly. Failure will mean death, because even if they survive a crash landing, they'd be stuck in the Himalayas without any gear or supplies. In the end they succeed, and wind up taking the first film footage of the "Top of the World".

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It is a documentary short recounting the RealLife attempt to fly over Mount Everest. This had never been attempted before, and it was no small feet in the 1930s when most airplanes did not fly anywhere near as high as the 9000 meters or so required to clear the mountain. mountain. Lady Lucy Houston (who, the film does not mention, was once a showgirl) agrees to fund the expedition. expedition. A party of adventurers led by Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, the Duke of Hamilton, then set out to conquer the mountain. mountain. The planes are assembled in England and then sent by boat to Karachi, India--not Karachi, UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}, but India, because this is UsefulNotes/TheRaj.

The men wait for day after day to make their historic flight. Finally, when the weather clears, they go up on April 9, 1933 in two unpressurized biplanes, breathing bottled oxygen as they fly. fly. Failure will mean death, because even if they survive a crash landing, they'd be stuck in the Himalayas without any gear or supplies. supplies. In the end they succeed, and wind up taking the first film footage of the "Top of the World".



* {{Dramatization}}: Early documentarians had no problem with staging things, which is why we see a lot of scenes early of the explorers (and Lady Houston) very stiffly re-enacting their planning sessions for the expedition. (The aerial footage is of course real.)
* HardWorkMontage: The designing, drafting, and construction of the two planes. The narrator makes sure to point out that the weight has to be just right, or the planes won't be able to clear the summit.
* HighClassGlass: Amazingly, Blacker the "Chief Observer" of the expedition actually wears a High Class Glass. Even when he's taking film at 30,000 feet up.

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* {{Dramatization}}: Early documentarians had no problem with staging things, which is why we see a lot of scenes early of the explorers (and Lady Houston) very stiffly re-enacting their planning sessions for the expedition. (The aerial footage is of course real.)
* HardWorkMontage: The designing, drafting, and construction of the two planes. The narrator makes sure to point out that the weight has to be just right, or the planes won't be able to clear the summit.
* HighClassGlass: Amazingly, Blacker the "Chief Observer" of the expedition actually wears a High Class Glass. Even when he's taking film at 30,000 feet up.



* SceneryPorn: Mount Everest! Complete with an onscreen graphic that says "THE TOP OF THE WORLD" as the planes cross over the summit.

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* SceneryPorn: Mount Everest! Everest! Complete with an onscreen graphic that says "THE TOP OF THE WORLD" as the planes cross over the summit.

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''Wings Over Everest'' is a 1935 short film (22 minutes) directed by Geoffrey Barkas and Ivor Montagu.

It is a documentary short recounting the RealLife attempt to fly over Mount Everest. This had never been attempted before, and it was no small feet in the 1930s when most airplanes did not fly anywhere near as high as the 9000 meters or so required to clear the mountain. Lady Lucy Houston (who, the film does not mention, was once a showgirl) agrees to fund the expedition. A party of adventurers led by Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, the Duke of Hamilton, then set out to conquer the mountain. The planes are assembled in England and then sent by boat to Karachi, India--not Karachi, UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}, but India, because this is UsefulNotes/TheRaj.

The men wait for day after day to make their historic flight. Finally, when the weather clears, they go up on April 9, 1933 in two unpressurized biplanes, breathing bottled oxygen as they fly. Failure will mean death, because even if they survive a crash landing, they'd be stuck in the Himalayas without any gear or supplies. In the end they succeed, and wind up taking the first film footage of the "Top of the World".

In RealLife the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston–Mount_Everest_flight_expedition actual expedition]] successfully made a second flight a few days later, because dust fouled up the still cameras of the first flight and prevented them from taking photos.

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* {{Documentary}}: Of the very first flight over the summit of Mount Everest.
* {{Dramatization}}: Early documentarians had no problem with staging things, which is why we see a lot of scenes early of the explorers (and Lady Houston) very stiffly re-enacting their planning sessions for the expedition. (The aerial footage is of course real.)
* HardWorkMontage: The designing, drafting, and construction of the two planes. The narrator makes sure to point out that the weight has to be just right, or the planes won't be able to clear the summit.
* HighClassGlass: Amazingly, Blacker the "Chief Observer" of the expedition actually wears a High Class Glass. Even when he's taking film at 30,000 feet up.
* IntroDump: The interview of the last hire, one Peregrine Fellowes, gives the film a chance to introduce him and the audience to everyone else on the expedition.
* {{Narrator}}: Fills in most of the story when the real people aren't awkwardly re-enacting their experiences.
* SceneryPorn: Mount Everest! Complete with an onscreen graphic that says "THE TOP OF THE WORLD" as the planes cross over the summit.
* TravelMontage: The transportation of the planes from England to India, complete with a graphic of a map with a line showing the ship going through the Suez Canal before making port in Karachi.

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