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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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Every one who has seen this sensation - concedes its unequalled pre-eminence in the history of the Screen! Howard Hughes' Thrilling Air Spectacle Hell's Angels. The first multi-million dollar talking picture. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Thelma Todd had a supporting role which was eventually written out of the script. See more »

Quotes

Helen: Please.
[Capt. Redfield puts out his cigarette]
Helen: That's a good boy.
Capt. Redfield: What a life it would be married to you.
Helen: Oh, you don't fancy it?
Capt. Redfield: Beastly, no smokes!
Helen: Think of all the money we'd save.
Capt. Redfield: What would we spend it on?
Helen: Oh, a diamond dog collar.
Capt. Redfield: For me?
[...]
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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 »


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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Definitely PreCode
17 June 2005 | by communicator-1See all my reviews

I saw this movie many years ago, and just tonight on DVD. Wow. This film has been remastered by the UCLA Archives, and the sound is very clear. Clear enough, that you can hear some rather explicit language coming from Monte during the dogfight sequence. And if you understand German, there is even more. Definitely before the Code. This is a Great film, and for those who would criticize the acting, editing, etc, compare it to other films made during the first years of the "talkie era." It stands up very well. Pay special attention to the wounded pilots as they are dying in their planes. Very gritty. The realism of the aerial battles has never been equaled. This film is a true classic. How many other classic films circa 1930 come to mind? Not many.


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