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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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WINGS TO THE WIND...EYES TO THE SKIES! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | War

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30 August 1941 (USA)  »

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Beyond the Blue Sky  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie functions somewhat as an historical record of the US Navy aircraft carrier the USS Enterprise during World War II, according to the article "A Viewer's Guide to Aviation Movies" by Jack Hardwick and Ed Schnepf in the book 'The Making of the Great Aviation Films'. See more »

Goofs

When Regis Toomey as Lt. Tim Griffin, USN, comes back into the story as an RAF pilot flying a supposedly Royal Air Force Fighter, it is nothing of the kind. It is an American Ryan STA Trainer with RAF-style camouflage & markings, a covered front cockpit and a cobbled-on radial engine cowl. 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
(uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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Up in the wild blue yonder.
16 April 2005 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Legendary Michael Curtiz directs this exciting, well paced aviation drama about two naval officers(Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray)who put aside their personal differences to work together conducting experiments to understand and prevent pilots from suffering altitude blackouts. Visually exciting pre war flick filmed at Pensacola that in turn led to accusations that in real life Flynn aided Nazi agents.

MacMurray and Flynn have very different acting styles, but work well together...of course Flynn seems to always be the focus. Alexis Smith is the rose among the thorns so-to-speak. The cast also features: veteran actor Ralph Bellamy and Regis Toomey, Robert Armstrong and Craig Stevens. After all these years DIVE BOMBER can still hold your attention.


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