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Dive Bomber (1941)

Approved | | Drama, War | 30 August 1941 (USA)
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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Flying high, wide and handsome! See more »

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Drama | War

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Beyond the Blue Sky  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)

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$3,000,000, 31 December 1941
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Byron Haskin designed special mounts for a heavy Technicolor camera to allow it to move back and forth inside an airplane, in order to film the squadron while diving. See more »

Goofs

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: Just before I put her into that dive, I kept thinking to myself there are two kinds of blackouts. This belt may whip our kind and the sort they're having over London right now.
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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 »

Soundtracks

We Watch the Skyways
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Music by Max Steiner
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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Very enjoyable pre war flick
30 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this beautifully photographed pre WW II movie. At 133 minutes in length it is pretty long but, so fast paced that the time goes by quickly. There seems to be great chemistry between all of the actors. Sterling performances are the order of the day by Flynn, MacMurray, Toomey and Bellamy as the leads. Add to that, good secondary performances by the large cast and it adds up to one fine film. The air sequences are vivid with detail and the color photography is outstanding. In a bit of irony, at one point Flynn is assigned to duty on the USS Saratoga in Pearl Harbor but his orders are changed. Since this movie was filmed and released just prior to December 7th, 1941 it seems almost clairvoyant. Lastly, I must second the comment made by another reviewer concerning a ridiculous bit of nonsense concerning the character played by Allen Jenkins as he tries to evade his wife. IMHO this bit was totally unnecessary and did nothing but detract from the story. What is really unexcusable is that they performed this bit on three occasions (talk about overkill). But, the rest of the movie was far too superb to allow this one bad bit to mar the overall enjoyment.


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