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West Point of the Air (1935)

Passed | | Drama | 30 July 1935 (Hungary)

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Big Mike Stone
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Little Mike Stone
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General Carter
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Phil Carter
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Dare Marshall
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'Bags'
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Lieutenant Pettis
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Jaskarelli
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Pippinger
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Captain Cannon
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Lieutenant Kelly
Ronnie Cosby ...
Mike Stone - as a Boy
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Phil Carter - as a Boy (as Bobbie Caldwell)
Marilyn Spinner ...
'Skip' Carter - as a Girl
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Biggest Romantic Thrill Since "Hell Divers"

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The Production Code Administration (the censors) requested that the "pansy gag" be deleted from the prints. That gag has James Gleason kissing Wallace Beery, who responds with, "Only men belong in this outfit." However, that scene is in the Turner library print. See more »

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Near the end, when Little Mike is up in the air with Big Mike, Little Mike is in the wrong seat. Two-seat airplanes of that time were balanced assuming the pilot would be in the rear-most seat. This was because the forward seat, already being at the center-of-gravity, had no real impact on the balance. With nobody in the rear seat the plane would be too nose heavy to even get off the ground, much less fly as it did in the movie. See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played during the opening credits
Played as background music for the ceremony at the end
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Cliché-ridden service drama of the men in the flying machines...
14 April 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Every aviation drama you've ever seen must have stemmed from films like WEST POINT OF THE AIR which has Robert Young declaring many times, "I'll never fly again!" after seeing his comrades crash their planes.

His father is a rough talking' U.S. Army Sgt. played in gruff and sentimental style by WALLACE BEERY, who keeps reminding his son that he's got to be a man and get back in that plane again before he loses his nerve.

From the sidelines, MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN and ROSALIND RUSSELL watch nervously as various young men appear to be losing the controls while flying those dangerous machines--and there are plenty of aerial scenes, all well staged, to keep viewers watching the painfully predictable story unfold. Before the final reel is over, Young saves his father from a crash scene by diving under water and dragging him to the surface. After that brave deed, he returns to the arms of Maureen O'Sullivan for a final clinch.

Have you seen this before? You 'betcha! But it's all done up in patriotic style with an Army band playing brassy marching tunes until the fadeout.

Trivia note: Young ROBERT TAYLOR looks handsome in uniform but has what amounts to a bit part, listed low in the credits, during a year when he went on to bigger roles almost immediately.


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