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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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Betty Roberts
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Crash Kelly
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Mac
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Ma Roberts
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Russell Hicks ...
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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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Bigger Than "Here Comes The Navy" ! See more »


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Diablos del aire  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Helen Flint (Mrs. Brown) and Edward Brophy are in studio records/casting call lists as actors in this movie, but they do not appear. See more »

Goofs

When Braniggan gets on the plane on the aircraft carrier, he is not wearing a parachute. During the next few scenes in the air and while walking on the wing, he is. See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Soundtracks

I Only Have Eyes for You
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played as dance music at the dance party
Partially sung by James Cagney
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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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