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Dive Bomber (1941)

Approved | | Drama , War | 30 August 1941 (USA)
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A military surgeon teams with a ranking navy flyer to develop a high-altitude suit which will protect pilots from blacking out when they go into a steep dive.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Frank Wead (screen play), Robert Buckner (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Doug Lee
Fred MacMurray ... Joe Blake
Ralph Bellamy ... Lance Rogers
Alexis Smith ... Linda Fisher
Robert Armstrong ... Art Lyons
Regis Toomey ... Tim Griffin
Allen Jenkins ... 'Lucky' James
Craig Stevens ... John Thomas Anthony
Herbert Anderson ... Chubby
Moroni Olsen ... Senior Surgeon at San Diego
Dennie Moore ... Mrs. James
Louis Jean Heydt ... Swede Larson
Cliff Nazarro ... Corps Man
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Storyline

A new flight surgeon and a Navy pilot overcome personal differences to work on solving the problem of Altitude Sickness which causes blackouts at high altitude. The real stars of the film are the pre-World War II navy aircraft featured in full color Written by Robert Svacha <chisox@azstarnet.com>

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Taglines:

WINGS TO THE WIND...EYES TO THE SKIES! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Blue Sky See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000, 31 December 1941
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The carrier U.S.S. Enterprise was used in the film while docked in San Diego. The Enterprise would go on and become one of the most famous ships in history for the battles she took part in during World War II. See more »

Goofs

Fred McMurray's outfit is variously described as a dive bomber and a fighter squadron. The aircraft alternate between Vought SB2U Vindicators and Brewster F2A Buffalos. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Lance Rogers, MD, Flight Surgeon: Doctor, I'm disappointed in my judgment. I'm beginning to like you.
Lt. Douglas S. 'Doug' Lee, MD: Doctor, I'm just suffering a similar disillusionment. I'm beginning to suspect you're almost human yourself.
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Crazy Credits

This picture produced under the auspices of the motion picture committee, cooperating for national defense. See more »

Connections

Features Tin Pan Alley (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

We Watch the Skyways
(uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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A wonderful look at US Naval Aviation on the eve of World War II
15 June 2000 | by ELDSee all my reviews

While Dive Bomber has some formulaic elements, it is a glorious technicolor view of US naval aviation just before the US entered World War II. The air sequences include shots of aircraft (Vindicators, Devastators, Curtiss Hawks, etc.) that soon became obsolete and that I have never seen in any other technicolor film. The carrier scenes are set on the USS Enterprise the year before this ship fought in the Midway and Guadalcanal battles. The film is shot on location in San Diego, and I noticed landmarks like the Hotel Del Coronado and the Cabrillo lighthouse in the background. Thanks to Turner Classic Movies for playing this.


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