A highly fictionalized account of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point in 1857 to his death at the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. He has little ... See full summary »
Olivia de Havilland,
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
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In the opening scenes showing pilots manning their planes, several bi-plane fighters are forward of the dive bombers. Later when the dive bombers take off the fighters are not shown taking off before them, nor are they visible on deck. See more »
US Naval Aviation on the eve of its greatest trial
Fred MacMurray's character tells a group of cadets that they will soon realize that they will share in "making history as it is made today." Given the immediate future of the US Navy, those were prophetic words. A year after the making of this movie the US Navy was fighting for its life, at long odds, against the Japanese. This movie gives a glimpse at some of the planes that the Navy used in the early days of the war. A poignant sight is the view of the "Devastator" torpedo bomber squadron. They are the all blue planes shown early in the movie right after Errol Flynn says "those planes do something to you don't they?" In the critical battle at Midway a year later, the sadly out-of-date Devastators were almost totally wiped out in a brave but futile attack. Many of the pilots flying those Devastators in the movie must at have fallen at Midway. Errol Flynn puts his swashbuckling on ice in this movie as his character's main deeds in this movie are cerebral. The Navy's aviators and planes are the stars of this show and Flynn is more a team player in this movie than usual. The planes and pilots provide thrills enough.
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