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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was first released to the world in the USA during August 1941. This was just a few months (i.e. about four months) before the Attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941. 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 »

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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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Featured in Dive Bomber: Keep 'Em in the Air (2005) See more »

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Music by Bob Haggart
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Jane Randolph at the nightclub
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US Naval Aviation on the eve of its greatest trial
29 December 2000 | by (Chattanooga, USA) – See all my reviews

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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