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Hell's Angels (1930)

Passed | | Drama, War | 15 November 1930 (USA)
Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms.

Directors:

Howard Hughes, Edmund Goulding (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Marshall Neilan (story), Joseph Moncure March (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Lyon ... Monte Rutledge
James Hall ... Roy Rutledge
Jean Harlow ... Helen
John Darrow ... Karl Armstedt
Lucien Prival ... Baron Von Kranz
Frank Clarke Frank Clarke ... Lt. von Bruen
Roy Wilson Roy Wilson ... Baldy Maloney
Douglas Gilmore ... Capt. Redfield
Jane Winton ... Baroness Von Kranz
Evelyn Hall Evelyn Hall ... Lady Randolph
William B. Davidson ... Staff Major
Wyndham Standing ... RFC Squadron Commander
Lena Malena ... Gretchen - Waitress
Marian Marsh ... Girl Selling Kisses (as Marilyn Morgan)
Carl von Haartman Carl von Haartman ... Zeppelin Commander (as Carl Von Haartman)
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Storyline

Two brothers attending Oxford enlist with the RAF when World War I breaks out. Roy and Monte Rutledge have very different personalities. Monte is a freewheeling womanizer, even with his brother's girlfriend Helen. He also proves to have a yellow streak when it comes to his Night Patrol duties. Roy is made of strong moral fiber and attempts to keep his brother in line. Both volunteer for an extremely risky two man bombing mission for different reasons. Monte wants to lose his cowardly reputation and Roy seeks to protect his brother. Their assignment to knock out a strategic German munitions facility is a booming success, but with a squadron of fighters bearing down on them afterwards, escape seems unlikely. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Taglines:

Worth Waiting Three Years to See -- Worth the Four Million Dollars It Took to Make it -- Worth the Dangers Risked to Film It -- See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

15 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pekelní andelé See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,950,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Caddo Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (tinted) (some sequences)| Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

More than 70 pilots were used in the film. Three of them died during shooting. See more »

Quotes

Helen: Roy, you've no right to look so cool. I'm broiling. Feel!
Roy Rutledge: [caresses her cheek] Yes, you are, aren't you.
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Alternate Versions

The UCLA Film and Television Archive restored the film to its premiere version, which is the version currently available on DVD. In addition to reinstating the 8-minute two-strip Technicolor sequence, tinting and toning was restored to the duel at sunrise, the Zeppelin battle, the night patrol, and Monte and Roy departing for their bombing run. Note that these sequences were intact on earlier prints, but without color or special processing. The film's Intermission title card, along with Entr'acte music and exit music were reinstated as well. See more »

Connections

Featured in Rules Don't Apply (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Sailing, Sailing Over the Bounding Main
(uncredited)
Written by Godfrey Marks
Performed by Ben Lyon
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Dated, but still interesting and exciting.
13 August 2004 | by train464See all my reviews

This film, produced only three years after sound entered the movies, is entertaining and thoughtful. It makes good use of sound effects and has great visual effects as well. The flight scenes are impressive. Hughes flew a plane in this film (but crashed it) and three other pilots were killed during filming. The scenes of dozens of tiny aircraft swarming in the sky are still breathtaking. The plot is standard good-guys/bad-guys but adds some sensitivity to all parties. We have groups fighting a war in the air, and not too happy to be doing it. But they do their jobs, and give their lives for victory. The scene of Germans abandoning their airship is particularly wrenching and affective. Some token love interests and the usual inept comedy characters round out the cast, which all stood up to the task as well as anyone in 1930.

Jean Harlow gets her first billing in this film (she's one of my all time favorites), so it is her breakthrough movie.

Not a keeper, but see it if you can.


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