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Hell's Angels (1930)

Passed | | Drama, War | 15 November 1930 (USA)
Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms.

Directors:

Howard Hughes, Edmund Goulding (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Marshall Neilan (story), Joseph Moncure March (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Lyon ... Monte Rutledge
James Hall ... Roy Rutledge
Jean Harlow ... Helen
John Darrow ... Karl Armstedt
Lucien Prival ... Baron Von Kranz
Frank Clarke Frank Clarke ... Lt. von Bruen
Roy Wilson Roy Wilson ... Baldy Maloney
Douglas Gilmore ... Capt. Redfield
Jane Winton ... Baroness Von Kranz
Evelyn Hall Evelyn Hall ... Lady Randolph
William B. Davidson ... Staff Major
Wyndham Standing ... RFC Squadron Commander
Lena Malena ... Gretchen - Waitress
Marian Marsh ... Girl Selling Kisses (as Marilyn Morgan)
Carl von Haartman Carl von Haartman ... Zeppelin Commander (as Carl Von Haartman)
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Storyline

Two brothers attending Oxford enlist with the RAF when World War I breaks out. Roy and Monte Rutledge have very different personalities. Monte is a freewheeling womanizer, even with his brother's girlfriend Helen. He also proves to have a yellow streak when it comes to his Night Patrol duties. Roy is made of strong moral fiber and attempts to keep his brother in line. Both volunteer for an extremely risky two man bombing mission for different reasons. Monte wants to lose his cowardly reputation and Roy seeks to protect his brother. Their assignment to knock out a strategic German munitions facility is a booming success, but with a squadron of fighters bearing down on them afterwards, escape seems unlikely. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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The GREATEST WAR DRAMA ever filmed! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

15 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pekelní andelé See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,950,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Caddo Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (tinted) (some sequences)| Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although Hugo Reisenfeld receives screen credit for the film's music score, there is no actual score during the film and the main title music is actually based on a theme from the 5th Symphony by Tschaikowsky. The only music heard in the film is purely source music inherent in the scene.When a band is playing waltzes by Johann Strauss in the party scene for example or if a phonograph record can be seen playing. See more »

Quotes

Monte Rutledge: A duel! Can you imagine it?
Roy Rutledge: Running away?
Monte Rutledge: Oh, don't be an ass, Roy. You don't expect me to go through with a farce like this.
Roy Rutledge: But, Monte, it's the only thing you can do.
Monte Rutledge: Oh, there you go again. I suppose when a woman's no good and her husband finds it out, I've got to get shot, just because it's the honorable thing to do.
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Alternate Versions

The UCLA Film and Television Archive restored the film to its premiere version, which is the version currently available on DVD. In addition to reinstating the 8-minute two-strip Technicolor sequence, tinting and toning was restored to the duel at sunrise, the Zeppelin battle, the night patrol, and Monte and Roy departing for their bombing run. Note that these sequences were intact on earlier prints, but without color or special processing. The film's Intermission title card, along with Entr'acte music and exit music were reinstated as well. See more »

Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.12 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Der kleine Rekrut
(uncredited)
Music by Friedrich Kücken
Arranged by Hugo Riesenfeld
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Possibly the best aerial battles yet!
18 November 2001 | by eliasenSee all my reviews

My roommates and I saw a few minutes of this many years ago, and we spent weeks poring over TV listings and video rentals to find more of this movie. We were not disappointed. The aerial combat scenes are, quite simply, the most astounding ever. Some scenes show DOZENS of REAL airplanes roiling in a frighteningly tight ball like a cloud of gnats, and barely missing each other. 3 pilots died filming this movie. I'm forever spoiled for the safe choreography, heavy editing, and airplane-free skies of Top Gun... Hell's Angels has real pilots doing really scary stuff. Real planes crashing into real hillsides, not "drifting behind a sand dune and then setting off a gasoline pot."

I now scoff at the computer-generated zeppelin scenes in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." Howard Hughes kicked their butts over 70 years earlier.

Some of the movie is melodramatic and dated, but some human scenes are brutally harsh, powerful, and would never get filmed today because they're TOO chilling.

A really stunning movie, which not only holds up, but betters today's air movies.


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