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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 »

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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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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

According to unproven and heavily disputed allegations in Charles Higham's biography "Errol Flynn: The Untold Story", and an April 2000 "New Statesman" article, "The Missing Errol Flynn File," Errol Flynn functioned as a German agent during the time he was in San Diego and Hawaii during the shooting of this picture, and his Pearl Harbor pictures were passed along to Fascist agents. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Lance Rogers, MD, Flight Surgeon: [to novice flyers] Never trust your senses - trust your instrument board!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Featured in Dive Bomber: Keep 'Em in the Air (2005) 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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Very enjoyable pre war flick
30 May 2000 | by reve-2See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this beautifully photographed pre WW II movie. At 133 minutes in length it is pretty long but, so fast paced that the time goes by quickly. There seems to be great chemistry between all of the actors. Sterling performances are the order of the day by Flynn, MacMurray, Toomey and Bellamy as the leads. Add to that, good secondary performances by the large cast and it adds up to one fine film. The air sequences are vivid with detail and the color photography is outstanding. In a bit of irony, at one point Flynn is assigned to duty on the USS Saratoga in Pearl Harbor but his orders are changed. Since this movie was filmed and released just prior to December 7th, 1941 it seems almost clairvoyant. Lastly, I must second the comment made by another reviewer concerning a ridiculous bit of nonsense concerning the character played by Allen Jenkins as he tries to evade his wife. IMHO this bit was totally unnecessary and did nothing but detract from the story. What is really unexcusable is that they performed this bit on three occasions (talk about overkill). But, the rest of the movie was far too superb to allow this one bad bit to mar the overall enjoyment.


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