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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 ... 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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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 »

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Drama | War

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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)
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Production Co:

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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The Navy Department allowed filming on the U.S.S. Enterprise aircraft carrier at sea for only three days. See more »

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Quotes

Lt. Douglas S. 'Doug' Lee, MD: [Regarding Lance Rogers] Surly character, isn't he? I'll bet a sample of his blood would show gall, bile, with a good dash of sulphuric acid.
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We Watch the Skyways
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Music by Max Steiner
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Up in the wild blue yonder.
16 April 2005 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Legendary Michael Curtiz directs this exciting, well paced aviation drama about two naval officers(Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray)who put aside their personal differences to work together conducting experiments to understand and prevent pilots from suffering altitude blackouts. Visually exciting pre war flick filmed at Pensacola that in turn led to accusations that in real life Flynn aided Nazi agents.

MacMurray and Flynn have very different acting styles, but work well together...of course Flynn seems to always be the focus. Alexis Smith is the rose among the thorns so-to-speak. The cast also features: veteran actor Ralph Bellamy and Regis Toomey, Robert Armstrong and Craig Stevens. After all these years DIVE BOMBER can still hold your attention.


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