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Today We Live (1933)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 14 April 1933 (USA)
During WWI, two officers, one a pilot and the other in the navy, compete for the same beautiful young woman.


Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson (co-director)


William Faulkner (story "Turn About"), Edith Fitzgerald (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Diana
Gary Cooper ... Bogard
Robert Young ... Claude
Franchot Tone ... Ronnie
Roscoe Karns ... McGinnis
Louise Closser Hale ... Applegate
Rollo Lloyd ... Major
Hilda Vaughn ... Eleanor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene O'Brien Gene O'Brien


The two lovers are living together and are not married as they hesitantly explain to her brother. They had made a promise as children to get married when they grew up, but they "didn't wait." It's an important plot point as it drives Cooper's actions when he discovers that Crawford and Young are living in sin. Written by Brian Black

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Release Date:

14 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Turn About See more »


Box Office


$659,710 (estimated)
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Production Co:

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


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The British torpedo boat shown represents a 40-foot Coastal Motor Boat designed by John I. Thornycroft & Company. A total of 39 were built for the Royal Navy by Thronycroft and other firms. Unlike that shown in the film. The torpedo was not launched by gravity. But was pushed back by long steel ram powered by a small cordite charge. And unlike as described in the film. The torpedo's motor was started by a tripwire connecting the torpedo with said steel ram (not upon contact with the water). One example of this class has survived. CMB-4, and is on display at the Imperial War Museum's facility at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, England. See more »


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For aviation film collectors . . .
9 August 2002 | by Larry D. BuchananSee all my reviews

The producers saved a lot of money on the action scenes. Most of the RAF combat footage was borrowed from Howard Hughes' epic, "Hell's Angels." The bomber that Gary Cooper and Roscoe Karns fly is a replica used with rear projection. The real one, a Sikorsky S-29, belonged to Roscoe Turner and was used as a stand-in for a German "Gotha" bomber in "...Angels." It was destroyed during a scene in which the aircraft was spun from 7,500 ft. by Hollywood pilot Al Wilson, while mechanic Phil Jones worked the smoke pots in the rear of the cabin. Wilson was unable to recover from the spin and, after shouting to Jones to bail out, left the aircraft. Jones apparently didn't hear the warning and rode the plane to his death in an orange grove in Pacoima, near present-day Whiteman Air Park. The camera crew was not prepared to catch the crash, so a JN-4 ("Jenny") was rigged with dummy wing-mounted engines and pushed over a Santa Paul bluff to recreate the Sikorsky's unplanned crash for the cameras.

The German fighters that Robert Young shoots down in "...We Live" were from the climactic air battle in "...Angels" and were flown by such legendary stunt pilots as Frank Clarke, Frank Tomick and Leo Nomis.

"...We Live" wasn't the only film to use "...Angels" aerial sequences. Others included "Cock of the Air" ('32), "Sky Devils" ('32), "The White Sister" ('33), "Crimson Romance" ('34), "Hell in the Heavens" ('34), "Suzy" ('36), "Ace Drummond" ('36), "Stunt Pilot" ('39) and "Army Surgeon" ('42).

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