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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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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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Thrilling battle scenes... a timeless love story. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

Pekelní andelé  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,950,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

All color prints of the movie were thought to be lost until a print was found in John Wayne's personal vault in 1989, ten years after the actor's death, by his son Michael Wayne. That explains why the younger Wayne's name appears on the credits of the restored version. It is possible that Wayne received the print from the film's producer/director, Howard Hughes. The actor starred in Jet Pilot (1957) for Hughes in 1949, but the film was not released until 1957 because Hughes continued to have the flying sequences re-shot, a situation not unlike this film. See more »

Quotes

Helen: Would you be shocked if I put on something more comfortable?
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Connections

Referenced in The Steagle (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Artist's Life, Op.316
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
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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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