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Hell's Angels (1930)

Passed | | Drama, War | 15 November 1930 (USA)
Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms.

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Writers:

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Karl Armstedt
Lucien Prival ...
Baron Von Kranz
Frank Clarke ...
Lt. von Bruen
Roy Wilson ...
Baldy Maloney
Douglas Gilmore ...
Capt. Redfield
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Baroness Von Kranz
Evelyn Hall ...
Lady Randolph
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Staff Major
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RFC Squadron Commander
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Gretchen - Waitress
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Girl Selling Kisses (as Marilyn Morgan)
Carl von Haartman ...
Zeppelin Commander (as Carl Von Haartman)
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Storyline

Two brothers attending Oxford enlist with the RAF when World War I breaks out. Roy and Monte Rutledge have very different personalities. Monte is a freewheeling womanizer, even with his brother's girlfriend Helen. He also proves to have a yellow streak when it comes to his Night Patrol duties. Roy is made of strong moral fiber and attempts to keep his brother in line. Both volunteer for an extremely risky two man bombing mission for different reasons. Monte wants to lose his cowardly reputation and Roy seeks to protect his brother. Their assignment to knock out a strategic German munitions facility is a booming success, but with a squadron of fighters bearing down on them afterwards, escape seems unlikely. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Every one who has seen this sensation - concedes its unequalled pre-eminence in the history of the Screen! Howard Hughes' Thrilling Air Spectacle Hell's Angels. The first multi-million dollar talking picture. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 November 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pekelní andelé  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,950,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(tinted) (some sequences)| (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Although Hugo Reisenfeld receives screen credit for the film's music score, there is no actual score during the film and the main title music is actually based on a theme from the 5th Symphony by Tschaikowsky. The only music heard in the film is purely source music inherent in the scene.When a band is playing waltzes by Johann Strauss in the party scene for example or if a phonograph record can be seen playing. See more »

Quotes

Helen: I wanna be free. I wanna be gay and have fun. Life's short. And I wanna live while I'm alive.
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Connections

Referenced in The Brady Bunch Variety Hour: Episode #1.1 (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Wer niemals einen Rausch gehabt
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Hugo Riesenfeld
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Head In the Clouds
3 January 2003 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

Howard Hughes produced and directed (with a little help from Edmund Goulding and Howard Hawks) this 1930 aerial extravaganza, whose plot is both hackneyed and largely irrelevant, since one is merely waiting for the heavy melodrama to end so as to feast one's eyes on Jean Harlow and aerial combat scenes. The photography is magnificent, and one gets a kind of God's eye view of reenactments of World War I dogfights. The leading actors, Ben Lyon and James Hall, playing brothers, give such intense performances as to suggest at times that they are not merely emotionally but romantically attached to one another. Those old-fangled airplanes are something to see, as is a gigantic zeppelin, and the combat scenes, full of billowing clouds, the sky full of airplanes that resemble orange crates with wings, buzzing and whistling through the air like flies, are the stuff of dreams, and make this otherwise turgid movie come alive and live in one's mind long after it's over.


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