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Dive Bomber
     

Dive Bomber

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Director: Michael Curtiz, Errol Flynn, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy

Cast: Michael Curtiz, Errol Flynn, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy

 

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Lieutenant Commander Joe Blake (Fred MacMurray), Lt. Tim Griffin (Regis Toomey), and Lt. Swede Larson (Louis Jean Heydt) are longtime US Navy flying buddies, about to be transferred to different posts when Larson suffers a blackout during high-altitude maneuvers and cracks up. Navy doctor Douglas Lee (Errol Flynn) insists on trying to save him with an immediate

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Lieutenant Commander Joe Blake (Fred MacMurray), Lt. Tim Griffin (Regis Toomey), and Lt. Swede Larson (Louis Jean Heydt) are longtime US Navy flying buddies, about to be transferred to different posts when Larson suffers a blackout during high-altitude maneuvers and cracks up. Navy doctor Douglas Lee (Errol Flynn) insists on trying to save him with an immediate operation, and the mortally injured pilot dies on the table. This sets the stage for a long, lingering, and bitter hatred between Blake and Lee -- which is only exacerbated when Lee chooses to become a flight surgeon so he can help to find a solution to the problem of high altitude blackout. Lee is assigned to medical research with Lt. Cdr. Lance Rogers (Ralph Bellamy), a flight surgeon whose dedication to high-altitude research has left him unfit for further flying. Their work proceeds through small triumphs and terrible tragedy, and Lee and Blake keep crossing paths, unwillingly -- they not only don't like each other personally, but end up competing for the attentions of the same woman (Alexis Smith) at one point. But they're forced to work together for the good of the service, even after Lee grounds Tim Griffin as medically unfit to keep flying. A fresh tragedy shows Blake that Lee has always been looking out for the best interests of the pilots, and they begin working together in earnest, at last. Blake pushes his piloting skills to their limit and beyond, and he soon finds a purpose and dedication that he's never known before -- and then he learns that he may have to be grounded because of his own deteriorating medical condition. While Lee frets over having to give the news to his friend, the only question for Blake is whether he will be able to see the final test of Lee's high-altitude pressure suit through to the end.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2014
UPC:
0888574106584
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
2:12:00
Sales rank:
9,833

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Lieutenant Doug Lee
Fred MacMurray Cmdr. Joe Blake
Ralph Bellamy Dr. Lance Rogers
Herbert Anderson Chubby
Louis Jean Heydt Swede Larson
Craig Stevens John Thomas Anthony
Donald Smith Art Lyons
Garrett Craig Pilot
Charles Drake Pilot
Allen Jenkins 'Lucky Dice'
Addison Richards Senior Flight Surgeon
Moroni Olsen Senior Flight Surgeon
Cliff Nazarro Corps Man
James Anderson Actor
Sol (Saul) Gorss Actor
Max Hoffman Squadron C.O.
Lyle Moraine Actor
David Newell Actor
Wedgewood Nowell General
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Actor
Jane Randolph Singer
Walter Sande Blue Jacket
Tom Seidel Actor
Stanley Smith Actor
Alice Talton Girl at Newsstand
Richard Travis Commanding Officer
Don Turner Pilot
Charlotte Wynters Hostess
Garland Smith Actor
Tom Skinner Actor
Juanita Stark Cigarette Girl
Alexis Smith Linda Fisher
Regis Toomey Tim Griffin
Tod Andrews Telephone Man
Ann Doran Helen
Tom Dugan Corps Man
Alan Hale Pilot
Creighton Hale Hospital Attendant
Howard Hickman Admiral
Russell Hicks Admiral
William Hopper Pilot
Owen King Radio Man
Harry Lewis Flag Man
Alexander Lockwood Squadron Commander
George Meeker Commander
Larry Williams Pilot
Gig Young Pilot
Dennie Moore Mrs. James
William Forrest Commander

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
George J. Amy Editor
Robert Buckner Screenwriter
Elmer Dyer Cinematographer,Consultant/advisor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Robert M. Haas Art Director
Byron Haskin Special Effects
Winton Hoch Cinematographer
Robert Lord Associate Producer
Paul Mantz Consultant/advisor
Charles Marshall Cinematographer,Consultant/advisor
Francis J. Scheid Sound/Sound Designer
Sherry Shourds Asst. Director
Max Steiner Score Composer
Hal B. Wallis Executive Producer
Frank Wead Original Story,Screenwriter
Perc Westmore Makeup
Rex Wimpy Special Effects

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Dive Bomber 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For US Navy buffs this movie is an excellent fictionalized account of the developement of the g-suit, early debate on what to do about hypoxia at altitude and how to measure pilot stress. Also interesting to the Naval aviation community are the pre-WWII shots of North Island aviation field (before it became a runway) and early carrier ops.