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 ... Lieutenant Doug Lee
Fred MacMurray ... Lieutenant Commander Joe Blake
Ralph Bellamy ... Lieutenant Commander 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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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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Flying high, wide and handsome! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

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Trivia

It was of interest that Lt. Douglas Lee's log book lists his first flying lesson as 12/7 (1941), an incredibly prophetic selection of a date. That of course was the same day as the "day of infamy" when Japanese planes descended with such ferocity on the U.S. fleet in Pearl Harbor. The movie had been released months prior to that, in August 1941. See more »

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When Tim Griffin (Regis Toomey) passes out, fails to come out of a dive, and crashes his Vought SB2U Vindicator, there is a curious lack of fire from such a devastating event. When the crash crews arrive the wrecked airplane is a crude mock-up of a Vindicator with a completely different tail group. See more »

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John Thomas Anthony: Commander Blake... Sir, I just wanted to thank you for giving me another chance.
Lt. Cmdr. Joe Blake, squadron commander: Don't mention it.
John Thomas Anthony: It's meant a lot to us to train under a pilot like you, sir.
John Thomas Anthony: Thanks. Just remember one rule, Anthony. As a pilot, always fight to be on top, and stay there. You can't lick 'em from below.
John Thomas Anthony: I won't forget *that*, sir.
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This picture produced under the auspices of the motion picture committee, cooperating for national defense. See more »


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We Watch the Skyways
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Music by Max Steiner
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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Great scenery, annoying plot
4 October 2002 | by Jim ASee all my reviews

This film is beautifully shot with incredible Technicolor photography of pre-WW 2 Navy aircraft in all their glory. (Note- Navy planes were purposely painted in bright colors to facilitate rescue at sea.)

Unfortunately there are a lot of annoying factors to the plot such as Allen Jenkins' alleged comic relief and some pretty unbelievable dialogue. Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray spend a lot of time on manly stiff-upper-lip dialogue that is unbelievably stilted. There is a lot of real aviation medicine mixed in with some bogus movie baloney (the pressure suit they come up with is kind of a steal from round-the-world pilot Wiley Post). Navy pilots never used anything like that suit or the pressure belt in that time period. The film was actually shot at NAS North Island on Coronado island with the cooperation of the Navy.

If you want to see the kind of planes the Navy was flying in the late 30's, though, there is no better film. Look for the Consolidated Coronado 4-engine flying boat in one scene- a flying dinosaur!


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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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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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