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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:

(story), (story) | 3 more credits »
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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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Worth Waiting Three Years to See -- Worth the Four Million Dollars It Took to Make it -- Worth the Dangers Risked to Film It -- See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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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

Featured in Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Wer niemals einen Rausch gehabt
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Hugo Riesenfeld
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Its time ahead!
7 March 2005 | by (Torrance, California) – See all my reviews

This is a fabulous film, far ahead of its time. The screenplay is outstanding, and all the actors did a marvelous job, and the ones who played Germans as well. There was only one German in a minor role and one Finnish actor, who played a German, all the others were Americans, to my big surprise! I am an Austrian and German is my mother tongue and I would have bet that there were at least half a dozen Germans in this movie! I was also mesmerized by the details of the air battles, which were mostly shot in the air. Jean Harlow was beautiful and gave a persuading performance, not to mention her great looks! I rented this movie, because I heard about it the first time, when I watched "The Aviator" and I have to say that this picture is one of the most entertaining and exciting movies I have seen in a long time and it should be an example how movies should be made as a guideline for modern day Hollywood! It is a perfect example that a great story, action and special effects can live together in a beautiful piece of art without sacrificing anything!


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