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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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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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

A common myth is told that prudish audiences gasped at the language uttered by the pilots during the dogfight scenes with Baldy screaming "Son of a Bosch!" and Monte cursing "Son of a bee!" In fact, such language was common in Pre-Production Code films, and film audiences had already encountered far more obscene language in Silent films by merely reading actors' lips. See more »

Quotes

Helen: Are we here?
Monte Rutledge: Well, it's number 27.
Helen: Want to come up for a cigarette and a drink?
Monte Rutledge: Oh, really? You must be awfully tired.
Helen: No, I'm not. Come see my room. I've only had a place of my own for a week. It's a new toy.
Monte Rutledge: What a baby, you are.
[Helen sticks her tongue out to Monte]
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Alternate Versions

Original British version was heavily edited (over 30 min.) to gain an A rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mr. Wong, Detective (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5 Opus 64: 2nd movement
(1888) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the opening credits and the intermission
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Head In the Clouds
3 January 2003 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

Howard Hughes produced and directed (with a little help from Edmund Goulding and Howard Hawks) this 1930 aerial extravaganza, whose plot is both hackneyed and largely irrelevant, since one is merely waiting for the heavy melodrama to end so as to feast one's eyes on Jean Harlow and aerial combat scenes. The photography is magnificent, and one gets a kind of God's eye view of reenactments of World War I dogfights. The leading actors, Ben Lyon and James Hall, playing brothers, give such intense performances as to suggest at times that they are not merely emotionally but romantically attached to one another. Those old-fangled airplanes are something to see, as is a gigantic zeppelin, and the combat scenes, full of billowing clouds, the sky full of airplanes that resemble orange crates with wings, buzzing and whistling through the air like flies, are the stuff of dreams, and make this otherwise turgid movie come alive and live in one's mind long after it's over.


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