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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 ... Gibson
Mary Astor ... Follette Marsh
Robert Armstrong ... Woody
Dorothy Jordan ... The Pest
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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Storyline

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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Genres:

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

When Erich von Stroheim was first offered the part of the mad director, the character was called "Erich von Stroheim." Understandably upset at being asked to play himself as a homicidal maniac, Stroheim agreed to do the film only if the character's name were changed. 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

Edited into I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
(uncredited)
Traditional 18th century tune
Strains played during the opening credits
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The Last Word In Realism
23 September 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Lost Squadron concerns four men who are the last of a squadron of aviators from World War I, pilots Richard Dix, Robert Armstrong, and Joel McCrea and their orderly Hugh Herbert. The war is over now, but flying is what they know and love. They now make a living doing stunt flying for the movies, recreating some of the dangers they went through in the war for war films.

That can be as dangerous if not more dangerous when you are working for a director like Erich Von Stroheim who wants his films to be the last word in realism. And things get real tense on the set when Von Stroheim discovers that his wife Mary Astor still has a thing for Dix.

I won't go on any further except that but for Von Stroheim everyone behaves gallantly. It's what terribly dates this film. If it were done today the characters would be far more cynical and probably come up with a creative way to deal with their tyrannical director.

Von Stroheim is the best thing about The Lost Squadron he pulls all the stops out in doing his terrible Teuton. If Von Stroheim was the man folks went to the movies in order to love to hate him, this film will send many into orgasms.


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