Hell's Angels (1930)

Passed  |   |  Drama, War  |  15 November 1930 (USA)
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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 <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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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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Did You Know?


Entire film had been filmed as a silent, minus a soundtrack, by Howard Hughes in 1928. Greta Nissen had the role played later by Jean Harlow. When sound equipment became available Hughes decided to re-shoot the whole film as a talkie. See more »


Monte Rutledge: Listen, Roy, never love a woman. Just make love to her.
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Referenced in Psychos in Love (1987) See more »


Mädele, ruck, ruck, ruck
Arranged by Hugo Riesenfeld
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The First Great Action Epic of the Talking Era
19 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With the release of "The Aviator" there will be renewed, and well deserved, interest in this classic. Hell's Angels holds together surprisingly well for a 75 year old film. Sure there is the over-emoting one would expect from a film that bridges the era between silents and talkies, but the character development is good, the flight scenes are amazing and the story holds the attention from beginning to end. And we haven't even talked about Jean Harlow!! There can be no doubt that Howard Hughes was a genius, a perfectionist, and that he set out to, and did, produce of of the greatest movies of all time. The most expensive film of it's day, and worth every penny.

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