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The Flying Fleet (1929)

Passed  -  Adventure | Drama | Romance  -  19 January 1929 (USA)
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The story follows six midshipman after they graduate from Annapolis. Their goal is to become U.S. Navy pilots and three of them are eliminated at the San Diego Naval Base. The remaining ... See full summary »

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The story follows six midshipman after they graduate from Annapolis. Their goal is to become U.S. Navy pilots and three of them are eliminated at the San Diego Naval Base. The remaining three undergo grueling weeks of training at Pensacole Florida, and one crashes. The remaining two get their "wings" and are sent back to San Diego as full-fledged "Sea Hawks", and prepare there for the first Honolulu flight. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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19 January 1929 (USA)  »

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Die fliegende Flotte  »

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(MovieTone) (musical score and sound effects)|

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1.33 : 1
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When Turner restored this film from the print found in Prague, they forgot to translate the messages being typed in the radio room back at the carrier, so they are printed in Czech. See more »

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"Dedicated to the officers and men of Naval Aviation whose splendid co-operation made this production possible." See more »

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Sailing, Sailing (Over the Bounding Main)
(1880) (uncredited)
Written by Godfrey Marks
(pseudonym of James Frederick Swift)
Played as part of the score often
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Top Gun silent style
14 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

This high budget MGM movie from 1929 stars Mr Ben Hur himself, Ramon Navarrow, himself, a cross btw Robert Taylor and Ty Power. Here he has the Tom Cruise role of Maverick. In the Val Kilmer role we have Ralph Graves and the girl is Anita Page who would soon have her own blockbuster with the Broadway melody. Highly exciting aerial sequences are undercut by an underwritten and paint by the numbers, extremely broad strokes plot. Some of the sequences seeem like documentaries, though they should play more like set pieces eg the T-1000 morphing in T-2, bullet-time in the Matrix. You are giving the audience something they haven't seen, like they've never seen it. The movie never gives you that feeling or the necessary iconographic images that are usually associated in this genre. This is definitely a movie dialogue would have made better, for there is sound, through, music in the background, sounds of the planes etc but not enough to give the scenes the necessary gravitas to support a story about six friends and their friendship through naval and aerial school. he aviator movie would go on to be a popular genre in the earlie thirties Hollywood with all the studios throwing in their hats. Most weren't good but had a certain gravitas because of dialogue. Facial expressions just don't do the job here. Overall, not the best movie, but luscious cinematography and slightly above average direction, with fine performances all around from the cast slightly compensate but not enough.


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