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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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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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Flying high, wide and handsome! 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was first released to the world in the USA during August 1941. This was just a few months (i.e. about four months) before the Attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941. See more »

Goofs

When Regis Toomey as Lt. Tim Griffin, USN, comes back into the story as an RAF pilot flying a supposedly Royal Air Force Fighter, it is nothing of the kind. It is an American Ryan STA Trainer with RAF-style camouflage & markings, a covered front cockpit and a cobbled-on radial engine cowl. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Lance Rogers, MD, Flight Surgeon: [Sarcastically] What's your school? The diploma mill of Hoosier State?
Lt. Douglas S. 'Doug' Lee, MD: No, Harvard, Hopkins, Cambridge. I can read and write.
Lt. Cmdr. Lance Rogers, MD, Flight Surgeon: Very impressive! How'd you happen to offer the Navy so much for so little in return?
Lt. Douglas S. 'Doug' Lee, MD: Well. I'm just naturally generous.
Lt. Cmdr. Lance Rogers, MD, Flight Surgeon: Not to mention your devastating wit!
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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

What's New?
(uncredited)
Music by Bob Haggart
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Jane Randolph at the nightclub
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forget the plot, forget the actors,
26 December 2004 | by r4qire8See all my reviews

The real "stars" of this movie are the actual aircraft the US Navy had in 1940, both old and new. Those aircraft are all in their original markings and complicated paint schemes, during the time the Navy was converting from colorful to subdued colors. Every color was part of a complicated plan to identify each aircrafts place in squadron formations allowing quick identifications of exactly where each aircraft "belongs". All the planes are here, Vought Vindicators, Helldivers, Buffalos, F4Fs, PBY's, and even the little used and known Northrup dive bomber competitor of the Vindicator. The US Navy went all out with massed formations in the air and on the ground, close ups, long shots, all of it the most impressive I've seen on the screen, and every foot of it in living glorious color. No attempt to censor or exclude anything, almost as if the US Navy was saying, "Don't underestimate us".

There is only one thing better than seeing this film on VCR or DVD, and that's seeing it on the large screen as I have thrice in my life. If you find the chance to see it on the large screen, don't miss it.

The frosting on the cake is the stirring and patriotic score by Max Steiner, parts of which show up in his other film classics like Fighter Squadron. This movie may have been made made over sixty years ago, but you'll find yourself ready to go running off to your local Navy recruiter, the effect it must have made on its audiences at the time.

When you view this film try and imagine the actions most of these airplanes were in against the Japanese less than two years later, at places like Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, Coral Sea and Midway Island.

Too bad Germany, Japan, Russia, and most of the other warring powers didn't leave a color documentary of their air forces of the time.


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