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Devil Dogs of the Air (1935)

A talented but brash stunt pilot enters the Marine Corps and becomes more disciplined.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Malcolm Stuart Boylan (screen play), Earl Baldwin (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Tommy O'Toole
Pat O'Brien ... Lieut. Brannigan
Margaret Lindsay ... Betty Roberts
Frank McHugh ... Crash Kelly
John Arledge ... Mac
Helen Lowell ... Ma Roberts
Robert Barrat ... Commandant
Russell Hicks ... Captain
William B. Davidson ... Adjutant (as William Davidson)
Ward Bond ... Instructor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Brophy ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
Helen Flint ... Mrs. Brown (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

A talented but brash stunt pilot enters the Marine Corps and becomes more disciplined.

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Bigger Than "Here Comes The Navy" ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vražji pilot See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The plot about the wild stunt pilot having to reform in order to fit within the military was repeated in Universal's 1941 Bud Abbott-Lou Costello comedy Zie je ze vliegen (1941). In that movie, the pilot was played by Dick Foran. See more »

Goofs

When Braniggan gets on the plane on the aircraft carrier, he is not wearing a parachute. During the next few scenes in the air and while walking on the wing, he is. See more »

Crazy Credits

To the Navy Department, to the officers and men of the Marine Corps and the fleet, Warner Bros. extend their thanks for invaluable co-operation. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Bullwinkle Show: Wossamotta U: Parts 1-2 (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Shadow Waltz
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played as background music in the café
Sung a cappella by Frank McHugh
Played as dance music at the dance party
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Some Good, Some Bad Equals 'Just Fair'
13 October 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

So far, I have to agree with what each of the four previous reviewers said, meaning some good, some bad.

THE BAD - Not much of a story.....supporting actor Frank McHugh in an annoying role (annoying with his singing the same stupid song after every sentence)......James Cagney with a laugh that gets annoying after awhile.....a weak romantic angle....showing "training exercises" as part of the climactic scene was somewhat interesting but provided no drama if these fliers were facing an enemy at war......Pat O'Brien an unrealistically too good a sport at the end. (He proposes to Lindsay who turns him down and then incredulously asks, "I didn't hurt your feelings did I?" duh... And he answers something like, "No, it''s okay." Yeah, right!

THE GOOD - The same cocky Cagney character who is always entertaining, always elevating a film...Some wonderful aerial shots and stunt flying in some terrific-looking bi-planes......... Margaret Lindsay's wisecracks and pretty face....Two dramatic scenes with Cagney trying to land a damaged plane.

Summary; So-so entertainment, more if you are an airplane enthusiast or a Cagney fan (which I am) but certainly on the lower of echelon of his films.


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