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Marshall Neilan (story) and
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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 »
User Reviews:
Still a great movie! See more (53 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)
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)
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)
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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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?

Although it has been reported that Hughes re-shot all the silent material, that seems unlikely looking at the footage shot in the dirigible. The voices are out-of-sync and some of the action seems hurried, suggesting it was shot at a silent speed of 18 frames per second, rather than 24 fps sound speed and dubbed later.See more »
Monte Rutledge:Listen, Roy, never love a woman. Just make love to her.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mr. Wong, Detective (1938)See more »
Wer niemals einen Rausch gehabtSee more »


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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Still a great movie!, 12 February 2003
Author: Al Rowland ( from Kansas City

Having just watched my VHS of this and wondering if it was out on DVD yet, I came to the IMDB to check and saw a comment about how hackneyed and awful this movie was, with the worst traits of the silent! For those who don't know, this WAS a silent movie, and Hughes took so long trying to perfect the aerial sequences that sound came along, so then he had to try to rework everything else into sound, delaying things even further. Hughes was a "bit" of a perfectionist, ala Chaplin with "City Lights" and for every wonderful thing that does, it creates dozens of others you have to deal with as well... My favorite story of the making of this movie (recalling across 30 years from a book by Donald Dwiggins called "The Stunt Pilots" involved Paul Mantz (one of the lead pilots, later to die making "Flight of the Phoenix" after being the king of the Hollywood pilots for over 30 years) and Jean Harlow waiting in an airport restaurant for Hughes to fly in from somewhere and Mantz placing a nickel Coca-Cola bottle under a table leg before Hughes arrived and telling Harlow to "watch this". Hughes arrives for the meeting and being the perfectionist but also a bit ?, he never says anything about the table, never looks under it, but spends the whole lunch trying to eat with one hand and hold the table level with the other....

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