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Release Date:
15 November 1930 (USA) See more »
Howard Hughes' Thrilling Multi-Million Dollar Air Spectacle See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Great combat special effects, but so-so "special mission" story. See more (50 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Ben Lyon ... Monte Rutledge
James Hall ... Roy Rutledge

Jean Harlow ... Helen
John Darrow ... Karl Armstedt
Lucien Prival ... Baron Von Kranz
Frank Clarke ... Lt. von Bruen
Roy Wilson ... Baldy Maloney
Douglas Gilmore ... Capt. Redfield

Jane Winton ... 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)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... First Officer of Zeppelin (as F. Schumann-Heink)
Stephen Carr ... Elliott
Thomas Carr ... Pilot
J. Granville-Davis ... Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Howard Batt ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Berliner ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Bob Blair ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Eddie Brownell ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Hank Coffin ... Pilot (uncredited)
Ross Cooke ... Pilot (uncredited)
Lawford Davidson ... British Officer Shot by Firing Squad (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Splashed Officer (uncredited)
Lucy Doraine ... Bit Role (uncredited)
David Findlay ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Frank Goddard ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Lisa Gora ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Douglas Gordon ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Owen Gorin ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Pat Harmon ... Recruiting Sergeant (uncredited)
Hans Joby ... Von Schlieben (uncredited)
Al Johnson ... Pilot (uncredited)
Morey Johnson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Werner Klingler ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Burton Lane ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Al Lary ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Garland Lincoln ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Rene Marvelle ... French Girl (uncredited)
Maurice Murphy ... Pilot (uncredited)
Stewart Murphy ... Pilot (uncredited)
Leo Nomis ... Pilot (uncredited)
Ira Reed ... Pilot (uncredited)
Georgette Rhodes ... French Girl (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Anarchist (uncredited)
Ernie Smith ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... Marryat (uncredited)
Joan Standing ... Roy's Dancing Partner (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Bit Role (uncredited)
C.F. Sullivan ... Pilot (uncredited)
Gertrude Sutton ... Canteen Worker (uncredited)
Frank Tomick ... Pilot (uncredited)
Roscoe Turner ... Pilot (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Von Richter (uncredited)
Al Wilson ... Pilot (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hughes 
Edmund Goulding (uncredited)
James Whale (uncredited)
Writing credits
Marshall Neilan (story) and
Joseph Moncure March (story)

Howard Estabrook (adaptation and continuity) and
Harry Behn (adaptation and continuity)

Joseph Moncure March (dialogue written by)

Produced by
Howard Hughes .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Hugo Riesenfeld (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Elmer Dyer (photography)
Tony Gaudio (photography) (as Antonio Gaudio)
Harry Perry (photography)
E. Burton Steene (photography)
Dewey Wrigley (photography)
Harry Zech (photography)
Film Editing by
Douglass Biggs (edited by)
Frank Lawrence (edited by)
Perry Hollingsworth (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Carroll Clark (settings)
Julian Boone Fleming (settings) (as Julian Boone-Fleming)
Costume Design by
Howard Greer (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph W. Engel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Fleck .... assistant director (uncredited)
William J. Scully .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound
Visual Effects by
Phil Jones .... smoke machine operator (uncredited)
Frank Clarke .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Hank Coffin .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Ross Cooke .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Garland Lincoln .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Maurice Murphy .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Stewart Murphy .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Leo Nomis .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Glenn Odekirk .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Raymond Earl Pease Sr. .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Clement K. Phillips .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Ira Reed .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Jerry Thrall .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Frank Tomick .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Roscoe Turner .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Al Wilson .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Roy Wilson .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Osmond Borradaile .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Charles P. Boyle .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Jack Breamer .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Edward Colman .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Henry Cronjager Jr. .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Fred R. Eldridge .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Jockey Arthur Feindel .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Pliny Goodfriend .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Jack Greenhalgh .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Roy Greiner .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Paul Ivano .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Glenn Kershner .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Donald Biddle Keyes .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Roy H. Klaffki .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Edward A. Kull .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Sam Landers .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Ernest Laszlo .... photographer: second unit (uncredited)
Jack MacKenzie .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Paul Perry .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Herman Schopp .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Silver .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Edward Snyder .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
William H. Tuers .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
L. Guy Wilky .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Alvin Wyckoff .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Hugo Riesenfeld .... musical arrangement
Other crew
J.B. Alexander .... chief of aeronautics
Roy Davidson .... technical engineer (as E. Roy Davidson)
Howard Hughes .... presenter
James Whale .... dialogue stager
Howard Estabrook .... continuity (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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127 min | Belgium:94 min
Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | UK:A (original rating) (heavily cut) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005) (uncut) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:PG (re-release)

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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:Would you be shocked if I put on something more comfortable?See more »
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Wer niemals einen Rausch gehabtSee more »


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54 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Great combat special effects, but so-so "special mission" story., 10 October 2003
Author: Fisher L. Forrest ( from Jacksonville, Oregon, USA

Hughes as director had his limitations, but he was at his best in making possible the great combat and special effects scenes. The Zeppelin scenes are so realistic it is difficult to believe it was all model and special set work. In 1927-1930 there just wasn't available a "junk" Zeppelin for Hughes to buy and shoot down. It would not surprise me to learn that he offered the U.S.Navy or the Zeppelin Co. a good round sum to buy "Los Angeles" (LZ-126) or "Graf Zeppelin" (LZ-127) for that purpose! Hughes' inexperience as a director shows up at its worst in his handling of the cast. Even allowing for the difficulties of "Dawn of Sound" filming, and that HELL'S ANGELS started as a silent, Hughes tolerated some of the worst acting ever seen in a major film. There is some good work, though. Jean Harlow is very smooth and natural, and the actors playing the German officers are satisfactorily sly and evil.

The story? Oh, two brothers are in love with the same girl, who doesn't really give a hoot for either of them. They volunteer for a suicide mission in a captured German bomber, and .... But, see the ending for yourself. Meanwhile, the Germans are trying to bomb London with their Zeppelin, but the Royal Flying Corps in on the job. That's about it.

For true airship buffs, I'll add a word about the designation "L-32" visible in one scene when the "Zeppelin" is over London. In the minds of folks not too knowledgeable about Zeppelin history, there is apt to be confusion about the "L" and "LZ" designations of German airships used in The Great War (WW1) and after. The German Naval Air Service gave their ships an "L" number. The Zeppelin Co. gave its products an "LZ" number, and the two did not correspond. There was a real "L-32" (LZ-74), and a real "L-7" (LZ-32). Both were destroyed during raids over London in 1916. Perhaps Hughes may have had either of these airships in mind for his fictional one. Incidentally, there is no record of the "observation gondola", which figures in the film story, ever having been used over England. It was used to some extent in raids over European cities.

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