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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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James Hall ...
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John Darrow ...
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
William B. Davidson ...
Staff Major
Wyndham Standing ...
RFC Squadron Commander
Lena Malena ...
Gretchen - Waitress
Marian Marsh ...
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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The first multi-million dollars talking picture -- tremendous in size -- shocking in its relentless realism. See more »

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Drama | War

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Release Date:

15 November 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pekelní andelé  »

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Budget:

$3,950,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Stunt pilot Clement K. Phillips was killed in a crash in Hayward, California, while delivering one of the airplanes to the Oakland location. See more »

Quotes

Monte Rutledge: Listen, Roy, never love a woman. Just make love to her.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Ach, Du Lieber Augustin
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Hugo Riesenfeld
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Still exciting and entertaining
24 February 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, so the story is corny, and some of the performances (dialogue coached by James Whale!) are early sound acting at its worst. This is nonetheless a very watchable movie, even its hoariest plot devices (all about friends and enemies and duty and how betrayal is sometimes the greatest expression of devotion, creeeeeeeeeak) excused by breathtaking aerial footage and a truly memorable sequence in the middle involving a German dirigible over London. Some German dialogue adds realism, although that sign in occupied France that reads "Munitions Depot" is not too authentic. The portrayal of women, including a very young Jean Harlow, makes the late 20th-century viewer squirm; it's also unfortunate that that German general looks so much like Pee Wee Herman. Watch it anyway for the flying and the extremely effective two-color and three-color sequences. "Top Gun" doesn't look nearly as good and will not age this beautifully.


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