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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 ... 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)
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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)


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The sailor that "kicks" the block from under the tire of one of the planes is Charles M. Burton. 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

Featured in Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome (1996) See more »

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Madriola
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Written by Sol Levy, Julius Romano and Joseph Samuels
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Beery hams it up in sentimental Navy film
19 November 1999 | by BoYutzSee all my reviews

Wallace Beery hams it up mercilessly as a 'loveable slob' of a Navy Chief Petty Officer on the USS Saratoga. His lofty position is soon challenged by a hard-nosed and far more competent young chief played by Clark Gable. Beery, rather than bring his own standard up, seeks to sabotage Gable, leading to several confrontations where Beery is ultimately outclassed. The film concludes with a sentimental but well-played ending.

The movie has many charms to offset its drawbacks. There is a lot of footage of the USS Saratoga, the Navy's first big carrier, built on the hull of a cancelled battlecruiser. The Saratoga footage alone, along with that of other circa-1932 warships, makes this a must-see for naval buffs. This is also an early starring role for Gable, who plays his part well and looks every inch the young, dashing, competent CPO. Beery himself exudes charm despite overplaying his part. Look also for the ex-Mack Sennett bathing beauty Marie Prevost as the worldly Lulu.

Despite its uneven mix of comedy and drama, not to mention a boatload of Navy cliches, this movie is well worth watching, especially for Navy buffs.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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