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Don't Kill Your Friends (1943)

By setting a bad example, pilot Dilbert shows the necessary safety rules for fighter pilots, and the ones training them.




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Ensign Dilbert (uncredited)


In this documentary short training film, Navy pilots are instructed in aerial gunnery. The example of a careless and inattentive pilot named Dilbert is used to depict the many ways in which pilots can wreak havoc during gunnery training. Dilbert manages to kill colleagues and civilians alike with his forgetfulness, his thoughtlessness, and his cavalier attitude. Pilots are warned not to be a Dilbert. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Documentary | Short





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1943 (USA)  »

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Training Film MN-84d  »

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Follow the Rules
8 March 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This World War Two training film about procedures for flying a fighter plane is some bald instructions enlivened by Huntz Hall as Ensign Dilbert.

In 2014, Dilbert is the hapless cartoon engineer trapped in a corporate structure that makes no sense and is miserable because he is continually thwarted in in efforts to do his job. In 1943 Ensign Dilbert was the hapless, careless sort of man whose negligence kills other people. Despite that terrible thought and the occasional shots of corpses caused by Dilbert, Hall's performance is the only thing that stops this picture from being radio with pictures.

Hall was a capable actor but he specialized in playing comic fools, starting with the stage production of DEAD END and continuing in spin-off series like the Bowery Boys. In real life he was no fool. By the time he semi-retired in 1957 at the age of 38n his investments had made his financially very comfortable.

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