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Devil Dogs of the Air (1935)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Comedy | 9 February 1935 (USA)
This movie follows an arrogant undisciplined stunt pilot (James Cagney) as he enters the Marines and becomes a disciplined pilot. Familiar faces of co-stars Pat O'Brien, Frank McHugh and Margaret Lindsay add to the cast.

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Tommy O'Toole
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William B. Davidson ...
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This movie follows an arrogant undisciplined stunt pilot (James Cagney) as he enters the Marines and becomes a disciplined pilot. Familiar faces of co-stars Pat O'Brien, Frank McHugh and Margaret Lindsay add to the cast.

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The plot about the wild stunt pilot having to reform in order to fit within the military is repeated in Universal's 1941 Abbott and Costello comedy, Keep 'em Flying. In that movie the pilot is played by Dick Foran. See more »

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The handwriting on the check O'Toole endorses for Betty, and the handwriting on the same check that Betty shows Brannigan, are not the same. See more »

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To the Navy Department, to the officers and men of the Marine Corps and the fleet, Warner Bros. extend their thanks for invaluable co-operation. See more »

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Referenced in Angels with Dirty Faces: Whaddya Hear? Whaddya Say? (2005) See more »

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Shadow Waltz
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played as background music in the café
Sung a cappella by 'Frank McHugh'
Played as dance music at the dance party
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Jimmy and Pat take to the skies
3 July 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The real founders of the buddy film James Cagney and Pat O'Brien after making their debut in Here Comes the Navy essentially reprise their roles in Devil Dogs of the Air for the Marines.

O'Brien is the no-nonsense flight instructor for the Marines who's written to an old Brooklyn pal James Cagney urging him to join the Corps. Cagney is a circus flier who pretty much knows the flying game inside out.

But he's Cagney and of course he KNOWS he knows it. That does not make for good discipline. But it does make for good raffish, knockabout comedy that Cagney/O'Brien films are known for. Of course there's a girl involved, in this case Margaret Lindsay. Need I say who she winds up with.

The only jarring note in this film is Frank McHugh. During the hey day of the studios, I think Warner Brothers was incapable of making a film without either Frank McHugh or Alan Hale. I usually enjoy Frank McHugh, but in this film he's downright annoying. He's in the medical corps and frustrated because he feels his training is being wasted because no one is ever injured in a crash or otherwise. McHugh is positively ghoulish in awaiting some accident to befall SOMEONE in the film.

However James Cagney is his usual cocksure and charming best and that carried a lot of Warner Brothers films to profit. We the audience profit also by that bouncy Cagney charm.


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