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Dive Bomber (1941)

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The first major prewar "preparedness" film to be lensed in Technicolor (the original prints are gorgeous!), Dive Bomber starred Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray as Navy surgeon Lt. Douglas Lee and flight commander Joe Blake, respectively. Having helped Lee design a high-altitude pressure suit which will prevent "blackouts" during power divers, Blake intends to test the suit himself. Lee and researcher Dr. Lance Rogers (Ralph Bellamy) nix Blake's plan after several test-flight tragedies, but in the end Blake proves the efficacy of the suit-albeit at a great personal price. The landlocked romantic subplot involves the romantic rivalry between Lee and Blake over all-purpose heroine Linda Fisher (Alexis Smith). Produced with full cooperation of the Naval Air Corps, Dive Bomber was filmed on location at the Navy's air stations in San Diego and Pensacola, and aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise. Among the Warner Bros. contractees playing the pilots are such stars-to-be as William Hopper, Charles Drake, Gig Young and Alan Hale Jr.

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Cast

Errol Flynn
as Lt. Douglas Lee
Fred MacMurray
as Cmdr. Joe Blake
Alexis Smith
as Linda Fisher
Ralph Bellamy
as Dr. Lance Rogers
Regis Toomey
as Tim Griffin
Allen Jenkins
as Lucky Dice
Craig Stevens
as John Thomas Anthony
Moroni Olsen
as Senior Flight Surgeon
Addison Richards
as Senior Flight Surgeon
Louis Jean Heydt
as Swede Larson
Dennis Moore
as Mrs. James
Cliff Nazarro
as Corps Man
Ann Doran
as Helen
Gig Young
as Pilot
Alexander Lockwood
as Squadron Commander
Richard Travis
as Commanding Officer
William Forrest
as Commander
George Meeker
as Commander
Tom Dugan
as Corps Man
Owen King
as Radio Man
Creighton Hale
as Hospital Attendant
Tod Andrews
as Telephone Man
Harry Lewis
as Flag Man
Juanita Stark
as Cigarette Girl
Alice Talton
as Girl at Newsstand
Max Hoffman Jr.
as Squadron C.O.
Walter Sande
as Blue Jacket
Dennie Moore
as Mrs. James
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This is a docudrama at best, and that director, with those actors, was not the right man to make a docudrama.

August 12, 2013 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
Antagony & Ecstasy

Though well-crafted, it seems more geared for aviation buffs than a general audience.

June 24, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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