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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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Art Lyons
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Senior Surgeon at San Diego
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Corps Man
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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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30 August 1941 (USA)  »

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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

The gibberish that the Corps Man (Cliff Nazarro) uses to confuse Lucky's wife was known as "double talk" and was a fad just before and during WW2. See more »

Goofs

During the high altitude pressurized cabin test, after the pilot Joe Blake (Fred MacMurray) passes out and the plane goes into a dive, the plane shown spinning and diving out of control is a shiny dark green plastic toy with no markings, while the actual plane shown flying in earlier views of the test is a lighter military green in color and has U.S. Navy markings on it. See more »

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Lt. Cmdr. Joe Blake, squadron commander: Don't resign, Tim. I can fit you into a good ground job.
Tim Griffin: There's no such thing as a good ground job, you know that. I'd go crazy every time a plane flew past.
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Crazy Credits

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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What's New?
(uncredited)
Music by Bob Haggart
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Jane Randolph at the nightclub
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forget the plot, forget the actors,
26 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

The real "stars" of this movie are the actual aircraft the US Navy had in 1940, both old and new. Those aircraft are all in their original markings and complicated paint schemes, during the time the Navy was converting from colorful to subdued colors. Every color was part of a complicated plan to identify each aircrafts place in squadron formations allowing quick identifications of exactly where each aircraft "belongs". All the planes are here, Vought Vindicators, Helldivers, Buffalos, F4Fs, PBY's, and even the little used and known Northrup dive bomber competitor of the Vindicator. The US Navy went all out with massed formations in the air and on the ground, close ups, long shots, all of it the most impressive I've seen on the screen, and every foot of it in living glorious color. No attempt to censor or exclude anything, almost as if the US Navy was saying, "Don't underestimate us".

There is only one thing better than seeing this film on VCR or DVD, and that's seeing it on the large screen as I have thrice in my life. If you find the chance to see it on the large screen, don't miss it.

The frosting on the cake is the stirring and patriotic score by Max Steiner, parts of which show up in his other film classics like Fighter Squadron. This movie may have been made made over sixty years ago, but you'll find yourself ready to go running off to your local Navy recruiter, the effect it must have made on its audiences at the time.

When you view this film try and imagine the actions most of these airplanes were in against the Japanese less than two years later, at places like Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, Coral Sea and Midway Island.

Too bad Germany, Japan, Russia, and most of the other warring powers didn't leave a color documentary of their air forces of the time.


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