The English-language version of F.P.1
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please go there for a detailed synopsis -, only the actors are different:
Conrad Veidt plays Ellison, the daredevil pilot who gets the floating platform
(F.P.1) to be made, but loses his love over it, Leslie Fenton plays Droste, the
architect who builds & commandeers the F.P.1, Jill Esmond plays Claire
Lennartz, the girl between them, George Merritt plays the officer who sabotages
the F.P.1 & Donald Calthrop plays Ellison's photoreporter sidekick.
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... but even though at times F.P.1 doesn't answer is a take-for-take
remake of its German counterpart, the 2 versions differ greatly: while F.P.1
antwortet nicht was, especially in the first half, a showcase tailored
for its popular star Hans Albers, Conrad Veidt of F.P.1 doesn't answer fails to
bring much charisma to the role & carry the movie on his shoulders,
substituting Albers' daredevil jack-of-all-trades persona for a more
sportsmanlike aviator - which pretty much derives his character of much-needed
On the other hand though, the English version, running about half an hour
shorter than its German counterpart, has considerably trimmed down the romantic
first half, which serves as a set-up for the whole story, but was (in the
German version) needlessly padded out, making the English version a more
action- & plot-oriented film.