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Hell Divers (1931)

Story of rivalry between 2 Navy aircrewmen on and off duty.

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Windy Riker
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Steve Nelson
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Duke Johnson
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Ann Mitchell
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Mame Kelsey
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Lulu
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Baldy
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Jack Griffin
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Admiral
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Lieutenant Fisher
Alan Roscoe ...
Captain - U.S.S Saratoga
Frank Conroy ...
Chaplain
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Story of rivalry between 2 Navy aircrewmen on and off duty.

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16 January 1932 (USA)  »

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Wolkenstürmer  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Flight operations were filmed aboard the USS Saratoga. Scenes of planes landing on the carrier deck were edited post-production to obscure the actual operation of the aircraft arresting gear. See more »

Goofs

The under-wing bombs appear and disappear in many shots. Often a plane will be shown taxiing with bombs under the wing, then taking off and flying with no bombs. When the bombing runs begin, the bombs are again visible. See more »

Quotes

CPO Steve Nelson: And if you want to know what this is, it's a bomb! And there's enough T.N.T. in it to blow us to Smithereens.
Ann Mitchell: I've always wanted to go to Smithereens.
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Connections

Featured in They Were Expendable (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Written by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles and R. Lovell
Played during the opening credits
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Routine but enjoyable studio product.
2 July 2008 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

This typically polished MGM effort features one of its established actors – Beery – opposite new kid on the block Gable (before he was old enough to grow a moustache). It's one of few films the pair made together, reportedly because they never really hit it off (Beery is said to have even turned down a role in MGM's Mutiny on the Bounty because he didn't want to work with Gable). Then again, Beery, a lovable old lug on the screen, was a fairly unpleasant character in real life, with rumours of manslaughter, meanness and abuse of women and children surrounding him to this day.

The film's plot could take place anywhere and at anytime really. That was the beauty of the studio product in the 30s: they could just keep churning out the same story with a different cast set in a different period and the masses would happily pay the money to watch them all. This one features some terrific aerial shots of old biplanes and some truly bizarre heroics (Gable hanging upside down from a plane with one hand holding a bomb to prevent it from exploding when the plane lands for instance). There are a few funny moments too, the best of which is the incidents that lead to Beery and Gable duking it out just minutes after having finally made friends.


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