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Dive Bomber [DVD]


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  • Actors: Errol Flynn, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Pegasus Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2007
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003K1A71S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,091 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The ever-dashing Errol Flynn stars alongside Fred MacMurray in this action packed drama set at the U.S. Naval Air Station in San Diego during the uncertain year of 1941. With war already raging in Europe, U.S. Forces began to prepare for their seemingly inevitable involvement in the conflict. As part of the preparation Naval flight surgeon Lt. Doug Lee (Errol Flynn) is determined to eradicate pilot blackout and altitude sickness, thus handing U.S. pilots an immeasurable advantage. With the initially reluctant help of Lt. Com Joe Blake (Fred MacMurray) the two men risk their own lives in order to find a cure.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "DIVE BOMBER" (1941) (132 min/Color) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Starring Errol Flynn, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy, Alexis Smith, Regis Toomey & Robert Armstrong

Directed by Michael Curtiz

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.

If you want to see the kind of planes the Navy was flying in the late 30's, though, there is no better film.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. C. Swinbank on 17 Dec 2008
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I first saw this film on t.v. some years ago and seeing it on Amazon for less than a fiver bought one. So what are the good points, well there is a short, but nice feature about the film (always welcome) and plenty of lovely rare colour footage of U.S. Navy planes, including landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier,from 1940 - useful to model makers/ artists, as even a colour photograph of some of these aircraft are hard to find. I sorry to say thats about it. The stars are Errol Flynn and Fred Macmurray, with Flynn, to me, miscast - Macmurray steals every scene (this was the last film Flynn made with Michael Curtiz). The film is 126 minutes long and it feels it. There is no action (but a lot of banging on controls that have iced up), no real love interest, Flynn gets into a minor punch up as a result of a minor case of road rage. Everyone has gone to Harvard or Yale - more stiff upper lips than many a British film. This may be a film with a worthy cause, but the best bit for me is the yellow trainer, flying very low upside down over the airfield. I'd rather the Technicolor had been used on The Sea Hawk, a classic, almost to match Robin Hood.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 2005
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Warner Brothers 1941 "Dive Bomber" was one of the best aviation films of its day and the credit belongs not so much to director Michael Curtiz as it does to Frank Wead, who wrote the screenplay with Robert Buckner from his original story. "Spig" Wead had been a Commander in the U.S. Navy, credited with starting the Navy's flying program until he was partially crippled in an accident at home. Wead's story was told in John Ford's 1957 "The Wings of Eagles" with John Wayne playing the part. Errol Flynn stars as Dr. Doug Lee, who decides to devote himself to aviation medicine after an injured pilot dies during surgery. Working with test pilot Joe Blake (Fred MacMurray), Lee tries to find a solution to what is then called "Aviation Sickness." The best sequences in the film take place in the air, as they should since the film was made with the assistance of the Navy, although some credit needs to be given to the first rate photography as well. Even the laboratory sequences have a certain sense of drama. Flynn is his usual dashing self, even though he leaves most of the flying to MacMurray and Ralph Bellamy. I can never get used to see an angry, bitter MacMurray having first encountered him as Steve Douglas on "My Three Sons," but, of course, the actor made his mark in the film noir classic "Double Indemnity." In the end "Dive Bomber" is a solid inspirational film that tells the true story of men who risked their lives to gain new medical knowledge and even the Hollywood elements, such as a young Alexis Smith as Linda Fisher, do not detract from the vivid flying sequences. Even without an actual war going on, this is an above-average action film for the time right before the United States entered World War II. This is "Spig" Wead's second best script after "They Were Expendable."
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If you are interested in the early days of the US Navy Air force then you will find this a suprisingly accurate account. I used Gibbs-Smith Aircraft Recognition Manual to identify all the airplanes shown in this 2 hours+ film. Early on we see various airplanes of the time taking off and landing: Buffalos (briefly), Vindicators (also known as the Chesapeake in the UK), Devastators, Helldivers/Clevelands (briefly) and F3F. In the course of the film we see many flypasts of Devastators and Vindicators and we see many shots of Vindicators as that was the one used primarily for the experimental work. Also towards the end we see pressurisation being tested on a Lockeed Electra. The trainers used were mostly Boeing-Stearman 75 Kaydets and also Spartan SPs. We see a single Ryan Recruit passing as an RAF fighter! These trainer types are difficult to identify if you don't have the Aircraft Recognition Manual. The last flight we see is the suicidal mission to test high altitude flying with oxygen and this is done in a Grumman F3F, though it might have been a F2F as they appear similar.

Moving on to the scientific work. The SCHNEIDER INDEX is a measure of comparative circulatory efficiency based on determination of pulse rates under several test conditions (as reclining, standing, or after exercise), time required for rate to alter with change of state, and accompanying variations in systolic blood pressure. Schneider, Edward Christian (1874-1954), American biologist. Schneider published several studies on the influence of high altitudes and low oxygen on humans, aviation physiology, and the effects of physical exercise and training. He introduced in 1920 a cardiovascular rating as a measure of physical fatigue and efficiency; the rating is now known as the Schneider index.
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