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The Lost Squadron (1932)

Passed | | Drama, History, War | 12 March 1932 (USA)
In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writers:

Dick Grace (from the story by), Wallace Smith (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Captain Gibson
Mary Astor ... Follette Marsh
Robert Armstrong ... Lt. Woody Kerwood
Dorothy Jordan ... The Pest - Woody's Sister
Joel McCrea ... Red
Erich von Stroheim ... Arthur Von Furst
Hugh Herbert ... Fritz
Ralph Ince ... Jettick
Marjorie Peterson Marjorie Peterson ... Stenographer
Ralph Lewis ... Joe
William B. Davidson ... Lelewer (as William Davidson)
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In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.

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Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die letzten Vier See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.19 : 1
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Trivia

The original ending was deemed unclear and unbelievable, so a new ending was shot. As a result, 'Eric Linden', who was borrowed from Warner Bros. for a small part, was edited out of the film. See more »

Goofs

At the start, during the aerial dog fight, the front aiming machine guns fire too quickly for the bullets to pass through the propellers. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood: Autocrats (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

El Capitan
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Background music for marching soldiers
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Pre-code warbirds
10 June 2002 | by rsyungSee all my reviews

I found this pre-code movie a tad predictable but still enjoyable on several levels. I thought the behind-the-scenes look at the making of a World War I movie in 1930's Hollywood were quite fascinating. Erich Von Stroheim's autocratic director was both menacing and acerbically funny at the same time, although bordering on the campy. Richard Dix as 'Gibby' was only adequate as the central character, but Joel McCrea's naturalism shone through as 'Red'. I found it interesting too, that one of the central themes of this movie was the inadequacy the flyers suffered in civilian life, becoming tramps before riding the rails to Hollywood. They were trained to fly in war, and they end up flying in war movies...the difficulty of adjusting to peacetime was an issue not touched upon much in Hollywood until "The Best Years of Our Lives", almost 15 years later. Finally, to the delight of those of us who love pre-code movies, we are treated to Robert Armstrong giving Dix the bird as Dix tries to coax Armstrong into landing his sabotaged plane!


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