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Release Date:
12 March 1932 (USA) See more »
In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Dix ... Gibson

Mary Astor ... Follette
Robert Armstrong ... Woody

Dorothy Jordan ... The Pest

Joel McCrea ... Red

Erich von Stroheim ... Von Furst (as Erich Von Stroheim)

Hugh Herbert ... Fritz
Ralph Ince ... Jettick
Marjorie Peterson ... Stenographer
Ralph Lewis ... Joe
William B. Davidson ... Lelewer (as William Davidson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Clarke ... Flier (uncredited)
Thomas A. Curran ... Night Watchman (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Policeman Wanting Report (uncredited)
Art Goebel ... Flier (uncredited)
Dick Grace ... Flier (uncredited)
Arnold Gray ... Tall Actor in War Film (uncredited)
Freeman Lang ... Himself - Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Leo Nomis ... Flier (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
George Archainbaud 
Writing credits
Dick Grace (from the story by)

Wallace Smith (screen play)

Herman J. Mankiewicz (additional dialogue) and
Robert Presnell Sr. (additional dialogue) (as Robert S. Presnell)

Humphrey Pearson  additional writer (uncredited)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... executive producer
Louis Sarecky .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Max Steiner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Edward Cronjager (photographed by)
Leo Tover (photographed by)
Film Editing by
William Hamilton 
Costume Design by
Max Rée 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James H. Anderson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Max Rée .... scenery
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... recordist
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Dick Grace .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph F. Biroc .... camera operator (uncredited)
William H. Clothier .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George E. Diskant .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Elmer Dyer .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Fred Fleck .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Fred Hendrickson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Robinson .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Harold E. Wellman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry J. Wild .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Max Steiner .... musical director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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USA:79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.19 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Australia:PG | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1933) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1486-R, 11 September 1935, for re-release)

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The first RKO film to carry the credit "Executive Producer David O. Selznick".See more »
Factual errors: At the start, during the aerial dog fight, the front aiming machine guns fire too quickly for the bullets to pass through the propellers.See more »
Movie Connections:
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Von Stroheim villainy gives Lost Squadron tail wind., 31 March 2014
Author: st-shot from United States

With time running out to satisfy their taste for adventure and blood lust WW 1 pilots Gibson, Woody and Red take to the air and fight to the last minute before Armistice. The war over and out of a Woody (Bob Armstrong) followed by Gibson ( Richard Dix) and Red (Joel McCrea) gravitate to Hollywood to do what they do best, fly stunt planes. The work is dangerous but they are use to it. The danger increases tenfold when Von Furst (Erich Von Stroheim), a tyrannical director with a thirst for realism as well as a wife who once had the hots for Gibson attempts to pull off two for the price of one; get the shot and lose the wife's former lover. Woody in the, throes of alcoholism takes the fall however.

With the war over and no more dogfights to involve itself in Squadron is no Wings but it does offer up some fine aerial acrobatics to go along with its swift and a touch incredulous pace. The trio of pilots do their macho posturing (including a bird throwing sequence) adequately enough while Beth Jordan and Mary Astor wait with anxious trepidation on the ground. But it is the opportunity to watch Von Stroheim go into directorial rant that in retrospect gives the Lost Squadron its bite.

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