The Flight Commander (film)

The Flight Commander is a 1927 British silent war film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Alan Cobham, Estelle Brody and John Stuart. It was made by British Gaumont at their Lime Grove Studios in Shepherd's Bush. The celebrated First World War pilot Alan Cobham appeared as himself. It is also known by the alternative title of With Cobham to the Cape.

The Flight Commander
Directed byMaurice Elvey
Produced byMaurice Elvey
Gareth Gundrey
Victor Saville
Written byEugene Clifford
John Travers
StarringAlan Cobham
Estelle Brody
John Stuart
Humberston Wright
CinematographyBasil Emmott
Percy Strong
Distributed byGaumont British Distributors
Release date
September 1927
Running time
8,000 feet [1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film focused on the bombardment of a Chinese town. It was built with great publicity in Hendon.[2]



  1. Low p.366
  2. Low p.173


  • Low, Rachael. History of the British Film, 1918-1929. George Allen & Unwin, 1971.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.
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