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Dive Bomber (1941)

 -  Drama  -  30 August 1941 (USA)
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A military surgeon teams with a ranking navy flyer to develop a high-altitude suit which will protect pilots from blacking out when they go into a steep dive.

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A new flight surgeon and a Navy pilot overcome personal differences to work on solving the problem of Altitude Sickness which causes blackouts at high altitude. The real stars of the film are the pre-World War II navy aircraft featured in full color Written by Robert Svacha <chisox@azstarnet.com>

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30 August 1941 (USA)  »

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Aeroplanon kathetou eformiseos  »

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The movie clearly shows frequent examples of Navy aviation greens, a traditional working uniform authorized for Naval aviation personnel only. Worn with brown shoes, it's the derivative of the terms "Brown shoes" (for Navy aviation personnel) and "Black shoes" for all other Navy personnel. Whereas the uniform is being phased out, it still is worn on occasion. See more »

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At c. 94 minutes we see and hear the "Los Amigos" band. However, the vocalist's words bear absolutely no resemblance to the lyrics actually sung. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Douglas S. 'Doug' Lee, MD: [Cheerily] Well, every knock's a boost you know!
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This picture produced under the auspices of the motion picture committee, cooperating for national defense. See more »

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Features Tin Pan Alley (1940) See more »

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We Watch the Skyways
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True Science or Hollywood Hokum?
5 December 2004 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

Other posters have discussed the supposed 'spy' story behind this film: That Errol Flynn attempted to get it made in Pensacola rather than San Diego because the Nazis wanted to see the layout at Pensacola. They've pointed out that in the studio days, an actor, even one with Flynn's stature, could hardly have dictated such a thing. Also the buildings shown appear to be in San Diego. Finally, the airplanes used in the film were already obsolete in 1941. The Pentagon would hardly have allowed anything the Nazis and Japanese didn't already know about to be presented in the film, (and we probably didn't have any such thing at that point anyway).

And that last point intrigues me. This film allegedly presents the cutting edge of aeronautical medicine. Yet, if that's the case, the Pentagon would surely not have allowed Hollywood to present that, either. If the film had been made after the war, it would be more believable that this represented in some way the efforts of the heroic doctors and flyers to conquer black-out and high altitude sickness. But in 1941, the only thing that could have been presented was old science, speculation or Hollywood hokum, which this is surely a mixture of. That makes the film, which is certainly entertaining, rather meaningless as a semi-documentary on the subject.

On the subject of Hollywood's obsession with comic relief, this is something that mars old movies to modern eyes. I'm sure there are things in our films today that will someday be considered an embarrassment but these moronic 'sidekicks' are about as funny these days as a minstral show. In this film, the constant return to Allen Jenkins and his problems with his wife are a maddening intrusion into the drama of the film. Particularly inexcusable is the interruption of the scene where Regis Toomey is about to be told that he can no longer fly and we seque to Jenkins again, then go back and pick up Toomey's story. Did 'Spig' Wead really write Jenkins' part into the script? I doubt it. (See my review of 'Hell Below' for another example of this type of cinematic butchery.)


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