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The Flying Fleet (1929)

The story follows six midshipman after they graduate from Annapolis. Their goal is to become U.S. Navy pilots and three of them are eliminated at the San Diego Naval Base. The remaining ... See full summary »

Director:

George W. Hill (as George Hill)

Writers:

Frank Wead (story) (as Lieut. Commander Frank Wead U.S.N.), Byron Morgan (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ramon Novarro ... Tommy Winslow
Ralph Graves ... Steve Randall
Anita Page ... Anita Hastings
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Storyline

The story follows six midshipman after they graduate from Annapolis. Their goal is to become U.S. Navy pilots and three of them are eliminated at the San Diego Naval Base. The remaining three undergo grueling weeks of training at Pensacole Florida, and one crashes. The remaining two get their "wings" and are sent back to San Diego as full-fledged "Sea Hawks", and prepare there for the first Honolulu flight. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SOUND The whir of racing blades The roar of speeding motors The whistle of passing wind-These will quicken your pulse in this thrilling tale of Knights of the Air. (Print Ad-The Evening Independent,((St. Petersburg, Fla.)) 21 January 1929)


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die fliegende Flotte See more »

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Budget:

$385,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed mostly during late summer, specifically through late September, 1928. Most of the film was shot on location in San Diego. Anita Page was quoted in a contemporary report as saying that this was the first film for which she had spent most of the production on location. See more »

Goofs

When Specs and Kewpie reunite with the others back at San Diego, Specs announces he's flying, but as a navigator. However, he is not wearing his silver Naval Observer wings on his uniform. See more »

Quotes

Admiral: Do you know the difference between a marlinspike and a mizzen topgallant fidblock?
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Crazy Credits

"Dedicated to the officers and men of Naval Aviation whose splendid co-operation made this production possible." See more »

Alternate Versions

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released this as a totally silent movie. See more »

Soundtracks

Sailing, Sailing (Over the Bounding Main)
(1880) (uncredited)
Written by Godfrey Marks
(pseudonym of James Frederick Swift)
Played as part of the score often
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Good silent film
20 September 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Two buddies in the Navy, Tommy (Ramon Novarro) and Steve (Ralph Graves) fall in love with the same girl--Anita (Anita Page). It starts a rivalry which slowly gets serious--can their friendship survive?

Very obvious (you KNOW how it's going to end) but pretty good. The story moves quickly, Graves is tall and handsome, Page is pretty and Novarro is just incredibly beautiful with his dark eyes blazing. The direction is very good and there is some truly unbelievable aerial footage. This was all done with the full cooperation of the Navy so we get to see what it was really like back in 1929.

No great shakes but a very good silent movie (with some sound effects here and there). Recommended.


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