Devil Dogs of the Air (1935)

86 or 90 mins | Drama | 9 February 1935

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HISTORY

The film's working title was Flying Marines . It was the first Cosmopolitan production at Warner Bros. It was sold as a sequel to Here Comes the Navy , which was produced by Warner Bros. in 1934 and also starred James Cagney and Pat O'Brien and was directed by Lloyd Bacon (see below). The crew filmed on location at the U.S. Marines flying base on North Island in San Diego, CA for three weeks. FD noted that there was standing room only at the film's opening at the Strand Theater. Modern sources list additional crew credits: Costumes Orry-Kelly; Makeup Perc Westmore; and Asst dir Eric Stacey. Modern sources add the following to the cast: Samuel S. Hinds ( Fleet commander ) and Joseph Crehan ( Communications officer ... More Less

The film's working title was Flying Marines . It was the first Cosmopolitan production at Warner Bros. It was sold as a sequel to Here Comes the Navy , which was produced by Warner Bros. in 1934 and also starred James Cagney and Pat O'Brien and was directed by Lloyd Bacon (see below). The crew filmed on location at the U.S. Marines flying base on North Island in San Diego, CA for three weeks. FD noted that there was standing room only at the film's opening at the Strand Theater. Modern sources list additional crew credits: Costumes Orry-Kelly; Makeup Perc Westmore; and Asst dir Eric Stacey. Modern sources add the following to the cast: Samuel S. Hinds ( Fleet commander ) and Joseph Crehan ( Communications officer ). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Sep 34
p. 4.
Daily Variety
1 Oct 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
18 Oct 34
p. 4.
Daily Variety
30 Jan 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 Feb 35
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jan 35
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 35
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
31 Jan 35
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald
3 Nov 34
p. 46.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Feb 35
p. 58.
New York Times
7 Feb 35
p. 23.
Variety
12 Feb 35
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Cosmopolitan Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
PRODUCTION MISC
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Flying Marines
Release Date:
9 February 1935
Production Date:
began 1 October 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 January 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5277
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
86 or 90
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
524
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Lieut. Bill Brannigan is pleased to learn that fellow Brooklynite Thomas Jefferson "Tommy" O'Toole is coming to San Diego to join the Marine flying corps. To his surprise, the boy he remembers has turned into a self-important young man, and also a great flyer. After Tommy does a series of dangerous stunts over a field where men are in formation, Bill lectures him about his behavior, telling him to go away and return in a fitting manner. Tommy takes off in his plane, but runs out of gas and is forced to make a crash landing near the Happy Landings Cafe. He is immediately attracted to Betty Roberts, the daughter of cafe owner, Ma Roberts, and is unconcerned that she is dating Bill. In spite of his cocky attitude, Tommy does very well at the training school. Bill is assigned as his instructor pilot. On his first flight, Tommy begins to fly stunts, and the plane catches fire. Bill bales out, but Tommy defies his orders and lands the plane, making him a hero. Tommy performs his first solo flight perfectly and then blackmails Betty into attending the solo flight party with him. Bill is angry when he finds that Betty has gone to the dance with Tommy, and the two men fight. Once again, Tommy and Bill must fly together when Tommy's co-pilot is injured on maneuvers. Their plane is damaged, and this time, when Tommy wants to jump, Bill holds the severed wing together at great risk to himself, allowing Tommy to land the plane. They are friends again, but Bill loses his girl to Tommy and ... +


Lieut. Bill Brannigan is pleased to learn that fellow Brooklynite Thomas Jefferson "Tommy" O'Toole is coming to San Diego to join the Marine flying corps. To his surprise, the boy he remembers has turned into a self-important young man, and also a great flyer. After Tommy does a series of dangerous stunts over a field where men are in formation, Bill lectures him about his behavior, telling him to go away and return in a fitting manner. Tommy takes off in his plane, but runs out of gas and is forced to make a crash landing near the Happy Landings Cafe. He is immediately attracted to Betty Roberts, the daughter of cafe owner, Ma Roberts, and is unconcerned that she is dating Bill. In spite of his cocky attitude, Tommy does very well at the training school. Bill is assigned as his instructor pilot. On his first flight, Tommy begins to fly stunts, and the plane catches fire. Bill bales out, but Tommy defies his orders and lands the plane, making him a hero. Tommy performs his first solo flight perfectly and then blackmails Betty into attending the solo flight party with him. Bill is angry when he finds that Betty has gone to the dance with Tommy, and the two men fight. Once again, Tommy and Bill must fly together when Tommy's co-pilot is injured on maneuvers. Their plane is damaged, and this time, when Tommy wants to jump, Bill holds the severed wing together at great risk to himself, allowing Tommy to land the plane. They are friends again, but Bill loses his girl to Tommy and so he applies for a transfer to another base. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Aviation, Military


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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