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Hell Divers (1931)

Story of rivalry between 2 Navy aircrewmen on and off duty.


George W. Hill


Frank Wead (story) (as Lt. Comdr. Frank Wead U.S.N. Ret.), Harvey Gates (screen play) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Wallace Beery ... Windy Riker
Clark Gable ... Steve Nelson
Conrad Nagel ... Duke Johnson
Dorothy Jordan ... Ann Mitchell
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mame Kelsey
Marie Prevost ... Lulu
Cliff Edwards ... Baldy
John Miljan ... Jack Griffin
Landers Stevens ... Admiral
Reed Howes ... Lt. Fisher
Alan Roscoe ... Captain - U.S.S Saratoga
Frank Conroy ... Chaplain
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virginia Bruce ... Girl (scenes deleted)
John Kelly ... Sailor (scenes deleted)


Story of rivalry between 2 Navy aircrewmen on and off duty.

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You Will Witness Things Never Before Seen on Any Screen! (Print Ad- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 16 January 1932)


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The majority of aircraft in this film were Curtiss Model 49Bs designated F8C-4 Helldiver by the U.S. Navy. In 1930, the Navy acquired 25 aircraft and 18 were assigned to Fighting Squadron One Battle Force (VF-1B) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3). The unit cost of each aircraft was $15,450 ($233,775.05 in 2019 dollars). In the late 1920s, each carrier Fighting and Bombing squadron had their tail surfaces painted a unique color; VF-1B's color was Insignia Red. In June 1931, there were 18 F8C-4s aboard the Saratoga but all F8C-4s went from the Fleet to the U.S. Marine reserves in June 1931 See more »


The under-wing bombs appear and disappear in many shots. Often a plane will be shown taxiing with bombs under the wing, then taking off and flying with no bombs. When the bombing runs begin, the bombs are again visible. See more »


CPO Steve Nelson: And if you want to know what this is, it's a bomb! And there's enough T.N.T. in it to blow us to Smithereens.
Ann Mitchell: I've always wanted to go to Smithereens.
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Featured in They Were Expendable (1945) See more »


(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Played by a buglar during Riker's funeral
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1930 aviation buffs will love this one!
7 April 2002 | by florida87See all my reviews

1930's US Navy film with, oh boy, 2 great actors Wallace Berry and Clark Gable! I loved it from the shore leave aspects and the super vintage era aircraft (Derigibles too!) and ships that you'll hardly ever see because it was'nt during a "major" war. Highly recommended, I loved it ( but I am a big fan of the mentioned stars and a sailor so I'm definetly biased, LOL)!

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Release Date:

16 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wolkenst├╝rmer See more »

Filming Locations:

USS Saratoga CV-3 See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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