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Devil Dogs of the Air (1935)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Comedy | 9 February 1935 (USA)
A talented but brash stunt pilot enters the Marine Corps and becomes more disciplined.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Malcolm Stuart Boylan (screen play), Earl Baldwin (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Tommy O'Toole
Pat O'Brien ... Lieut. Brannigan
Margaret Lindsay ... Betty Roberts
Frank McHugh ... Crash Kelly
John Arledge ... Mac
Helen Lowell ... Ma Roberts
Robert Barrat ... Commandant
Russell Hicks ... Captain
William B. Davidson ... Adjutant (as William Davidson)
Ward Bond ... Instructor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Brophy ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
Helen Flint ... Mrs. Brown (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

A talented but brash stunt pilot enters the Marine Corps and becomes more disciplined.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vražji pilot See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Friday 31 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Boston Thursday 27 September 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Phoenix Thursday 4 October 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12), in San Francisco Thursday 30 October 1956 on KRON (Channel 4), in Miami Thursday 8 November 1956 on WTVJ (Channel 4), in Indianapolis Sunday 11 November 1956 on WFBM (Channel 6), in Buffalo Sunday 25 November 1956 on WBEN (Channel 4), in Bellingham WA Saturday 1 December 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12), and in Spokane Tuesday 4 December 1956 on KREM (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

When Braniggan gets on the plane on the aircraft carrier, he is not wearing a parachute. During the next few scenes in the air and while walking on the wing, he is. See more »

Crazy Credits

To the Navy Department, to the officers and men of the Marine Corps and the fleet, Warner Bros. extend their thanks for invaluable co-operation. See more »

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Spoofed in The Bullwinkle Show: Wossamotta U: Parts 1-2 (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Midnight, the Stars and You
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Harry M. Woods
Played during the opening credits and the first cafe scene.
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Jimmy and Pat take to the skies
3 July 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The real founders of the buddy film James Cagney and Pat O'Brien after making their debut in Here Comes the Navy essentially reprise their roles in Devil Dogs of the Air for the Marines.

O'Brien is the no-nonsense flight instructor for the Marines who's written to an old Brooklyn pal James Cagney urging him to join the Corps. Cagney is a circus flier who pretty much knows the flying game inside out.

But he's Cagney and of course he KNOWS he knows it. That does not make for good discipline. But it does make for good raffish, knockabout comedy that Cagney/O'Brien films are known for. Of course there's a girl involved, in this case Margaret Lindsay. Need I say who she winds up with.

The only jarring note in this film is Frank McHugh. During the hey day of the studios, I think Warner Brothers was incapable of making a film without either Frank McHugh or Alan Hale. I usually enjoy Frank McHugh, but in this film he's downright annoying. He's in the medical corps and frustrated because he feels his training is being wasted because no one is ever injured in a crash or otherwise. McHugh is positively ghoulish in awaiting some accident to befall SOMEONE in the film.

However James Cagney is his usual cocksure and charming best and that carried a lot of Warner Brothers films to profit. We the audience profit also by that bouncy Cagney charm.


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