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Steel Against the Sky (1941)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  13 December 1941 (USA)
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Rough-hewn Rocky Evans has two great loves--his job building bridges and beautiful Helen Powers, his boss' daughter. But it's Rocky's shiftless brother Chuck who wins Helen's affections. ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Helen Powers
Craig Stevens ...
Chuck Evans
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John Powers
Edward Ellis ...
Pop Evans
Walter Catlett ...
Professor Sampson
Howard Da Silva ...
Bugs (as Howard da Silva)
Edward Brophy ...
Pete Evans
Julie Bishop ...
Myrt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Devlin ...
Ed (scenes deleted)
Edward Hearn ...
(scenes deleted)
Weldon Heyburn ...
(scenes deleted)
Cyril Ring ...
Harry (scenes deleted)
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Rough-hewn Rocky Evans has two great loves--his job building bridges and beautiful Helen Powers, his boss' daughter. But it's Rocky's shiftless brother Chuck who wins Helen's affections. Chuck even takes a job on Rocky's bridge-building crew to woo Helen, but the two brothers soon find themselves clashing over work and love. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <DanNGM@aol.com>

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Dois Irmãos e um Amor  »

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The Professor calls his secret formula "Samsonite," but there is no connection with the famous luggage brand. The Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company named one of its cases "Samson", after the Biblical strongman, and only began using the trademark "Samsonite" the same year this film was made. See more »

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The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played as part of the score at the wedding
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Recycling!!!
23 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

STEEL AGAINST THE SKY (1941) is one of Warner Brothers (W.B.) 'Working Man' pictures. This time featuring the building of a bridge. While building the bridge, competing Brothers vie for the affection of a comely young lass. The Brothers are Rocky Evans (Lloyd Nolan) -vs- Chuck (Craig Stevens) both with eyes on Helen Powers (Alexis Smith). Who wins out, well you should already know if you have seen THE IRISH IN US (1935).

Yes, S.A.T.S is T.I.I.U. recycled just six (6) years later. In that picture Pat O'Brien (Pat O'Hara) is out-pointed by James Cagney (Danny) for hand of the beautiful Lucille Jackson (Olivia De Havilland). The differences, rather then build bridges we have the Police. Instead of a eccentric inventor as Chuck Evan's protégé we have Cagney's Boxer, Carbarn Hammerschlog (Allen Jenkins). The remake, a gruff lovable Father 'Pop' Evans (Edward Ellis), the original a sweet and 'oh' so Irish Mother 'Ma' (Mary Gordon).

This is not the first or the last time the W.B. and all the other studios would recycle plots going back to there original 'Silent' incarnations. Some will even use the same exact footage. Which can be really jarring. Example, THE CROWD ROARS (1932) became INDIANAPOLIS SPEEDWAY (1939). Do you think in seven (7) years both the Cars and Women's fashions would be noticeably different? Yes they are, but it did get the picture made quickly, under budget and profitable.


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