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Hell's Angels (1930)

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


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 <>

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The first multi-million dollars talking picture -- tremendous in size -- shocking in its relentless realism. See more »


Drama | War


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Release Date:

15 November 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pekelní andelé  »

Box Office


$3,950,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


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Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Pre-Production Code audiences gasped at the language of the pilots during the dogfight scenes with Baldy screaming "son of a Bosch!" at the Germans and Monte cursing "son of a bee!". See more »


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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Referenced in American Guns: Hell's Angels Luger/D-Day M1 (2011) See more »


Wine, Women and Song, Op.333
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauß
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An early epic film,that enthralled the audiences of the day.
2 April 2001 | by (Brighton England) – See all my reviews

I saw this film (movie) in about 1933 and still remember every scene. Without the use of bad language it conveyed the fear,excitement,and gallantry of the time. The German evil was perhaps overplayed,but it was made just a very few years after the War. The flying scenes were dramatic and at least as effective as any made in recent years.

Is it possible to obtain a copy?if so where.

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