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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 »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Still exciting and entertaining See more (55 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)

Nora Cecil ... Helen's Maid (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)
Tibor von Janny ... Bit Role (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)
Dave Marks .... assistant director (uncredited)
William J. Scully .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound
Visual Effects by
Phil Jones .... smoke machine operator (uncredited)
Sterling Campbell .... aerial stunts supervisor (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)
Paul Kerschner .... 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
127 min | Belgium:94 min | 96 min (re-release)
Black And White (tinted) (some sequences) | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)
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)

Did You Know?

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 »
Monte Rutledge:Listen, Roy, never love a woman. Just make love to her.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) (V)See more »
Wine, Women and Song, Op.333See more »


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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Still exciting and entertaining, 24 February 1999
Author: Venarde from United States

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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