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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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Jean Harlow in Technicolor! See more (56 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?

Howard Hughes had all the prints tinted and hand-colored before releasing them for general distribution.See more »
Helen:Would you be shocked if I put on something more comfortable?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Book of Eli (2010)See more »
Mädele, ruck, ruck, ruckSee more »


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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Jean Harlow in Technicolor!, 22 May 2005
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

'Hell's Angels', now available on DVD in a beautifully restored version, can now be enjoyed by all of us with tinted and full colour sequences intact.

Directed by Howard Hughes (with dialogue scenes staged by James Whale), this war movie is famous for two reasons - one, it has some of the most exciting air-borne battle sequences to appear on film; and two, it marks the feature film debut of Jean Harlow. She appears in colour for the only time in the 8 minute Lady Randolph's Party sequence about halfway into the film.

The story starts with three friends at Oxford - two brothers, the good-natured Roy (James Hall), and the fly-by-night Monte (Ben Lyon); and a German student, Karl (John Darrow). An early sequence features one of the brothers taking the other's place in a duel - important to remember for later in the saga; while the turning point of the first part is of course the start of the Great War (forcing Karl to join the enemy, and Roy and Monte to enlist as pilots). Roy has a well-to girlfriend, Helen (Harlow), who isn't quite the angel he takes her to be.

The aerial battles are by far the highlight of the film, although Harlow is good in her role, vamping all who come into her path. Evelyn Hall is agreeably twittery as Lady Randolph, while Lucien Prival overacts as Baron von Kranz. Roy Wilson provides some comic relief as 'Baldy' Maloney.

Originally planned and started as a silent movie, 'Hell's Angels' still has some problems with pacing and comes across as rather stilted in places. Ben Lyon is a bit of a problem as Monte - fine as a relaxed civilian, he doesn't convince in the later sequences.

All this aside, 'Hell's Angels' is a good film and looks fantastic after its clean-up. A very interesting viewing experience.

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