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Hell Divers (1931)

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

Director:

George W. Hill

Writers:

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

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 ... Lieutenant 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)
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Storyline

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

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wolkenstürmer See more »

Filming Locations:

USS Saratoga CV-3 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first film in which Wallace Beery sang and played the piano. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Edited into The Wings of Eagles (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by J.L. Molloy
Lyrics by G. Clifton Bingham
Played on piano by Wallace Beery
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completely formulaic and STILL worth seeing!
18 March 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Okay, I know that most Wallace Beery films are pretty formulaic and superficial. However, this doesn't mean they were bad. Very few of his films were bad, though many fall in the average category. However, occasionally, his films rose above the mundane, such as DINNER AT EIGHT, GRAND HOTEL, MIN AND BILL and this film. While I will admit this movie isn't up to the standards of the three films I listed, it does approach them in quality and is a decent effort for him and new-comer Clark Gable. In particular, if you are a Gable or airplane buff, like me, you will love this film. It features a lot of great flying sequences you just won't see in many films of the era. Our aircraft carriers and dirigibles just weren't seen as being very important and weren't shown in many films during the Depression era. So, from a purely historic point of view, this is an important film. When you add good acting and dialog and an exciting script, you have an excellent film well worth your time.


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