Yeah, I know, this post isn’t about scuba diving at all…but from time to time I like to post about other breathing devices too.
The movie to which these scenes belong is by far the oldest which I ever posted about…it’s from 1933!
The chances are big I never would have stumbled upon this one if not a friendly user had recommended it to me.
I watched the whole movie and this scene was the dramatic finale!
It’s important to know the story behind it:
A woman becomes a pilot in an era where women weren’t “supposed” like that. She gets into an affair with a married man and ends badly.
She thinks about him as she tries to get the world record flight altitude title.
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And here is the video:
Well, that happens when you are without oxygen for too long…..
She was thinking about the tragic love of her life and pulled off her oxygen mask perhaps without thinking about the danger.
I love that moment as she realizes how badly she needs her oxygen mask again.
Hastily she tries to get it back on, but too late….she gets unconscious and the plan gets out of control.
The actress is actually is Katharine Hepburn who was 26 when this movie came out!
Ok, hard to say how realistic that scene is, as she is only without oxygen for some moments. I think it might actually take a bit longer from what I read.
However, this peril scene is quite unique! Never saw that type of oxygen mask and a woman passing out in such a scene…. that’s certainly something new for me!
And the moment from which she realizes her error until she tries hastily to get her mask back on….that’s quite thrilling for me. It seems that for a second she forgot where her oxygen mask is. Hard to say if that was in the script or not.
However, she is in great distress as she tries to get the mask back on.
A second theory is that she wanted to kill herself. She had some seconds thought about it….but too late……
This is the movie title:
What do you think of that scene?
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2 thoughts on “The female record-pilot and her deadly mistake(?) [oxygen mask]”
An era before CGI. I love movies from all the decades since talkies came along. 1931 is the limit. Before that year I saw few movies. Katharine Hepburn is amazing. And this scene is very good.
Great scene, I would love to know how Katharine Hepburn felt when she saw this costume for the first time