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Dive Bomber (1941)

 -  Drama  -  30 August 1941 (USA)
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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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Tim Griffin
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John Thomas Anthony
Herbert Anderson ...
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Louis Jean Heydt ...
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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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30 August 1941 (USA)  »

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Aeroplanon kathetou eformiseos  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

The movie clearly shows frequent examples of Navy aviation greens, a traditional working uniform authorized for Naval aviation personnel only. Worn with brown shoes, it's the derivative of the terms "Brown shoes" (for Navy aviation personnel) and "Black shoes" for all other Navy personnel. Whereas the uniform is being phased out, it still is worn on occasion. See more »

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The airfield used in the beginning of the movie was never identified, nor does it look like Ford Island which is used by the Navy. Eva Field was a Marine airfield near Pearl Harbor which it could have been. There are several Army airfields that it could also have been used. See more »

Quotes

John Thomas Anthony: Commander Blake... Sir, I just wanted to thank you for giving me another chance.
Lt. Cmdr. Joe Blake, squadron commander: Don't mention it.
John Thomas Anthony: It's meant a lot to us to train under a pilot like you, sir.
John Thomas Anthony: Thanks. Just remember one rule, Anthony. As a pilot, always fight to be on top, and stay there. You can't lick 'em from below.
John Thomas Anthony: I won't forget *that*, sir.
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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
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Music by Max Steiner
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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forget the plot, forget the actors,
26 December 2004 | by (United States) – 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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