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Devil Dogs of the Air (1935)





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Warner Bros.' Devil Dogs of the Air is very much a "formula" picture -- but what a wonderful formula it is! James Cagney plays reckless stunt flyer Tommy O'Toole, who is encouraged to join the Marine Flying Corps by his old Brooklyn buddy Lt. William Brannigan (Pat O'Brien). An undeniably talented flyboy, Tommy is also brash, obnoxious and pugnacious, quickly earning the enmity of his fellow trainees. He even falls out with Brannigan over the affections of pretty waitress Betty Roberts (Margaret Lindsay). Very nearly "washing out" of the service, Tommy is eventually brought into line by the combined efforts of Brannigan, Betty, and the rest of the "devil dogs." After earning oodles of money for Warners during its first release, Devil Dogs of the Air proved equally as successful when it was reissued six years later, just before America's entry into WW II.

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James Cagney
as Thomas Jefferson 'Tommy' O'Toole
Margaret Lindsay
as Betty Roberts
Frank McHugh
as "Crash" Kelly
Helen Lowell
as Ma Roberts
Robert H. Barrat
as Commandant
Ward Bond
as Instructor
Bill Beggs
as Second Officer
Bill Elliott
as Instructor
Samuel S. Hinds
as Fleet Commander
as Student
William Begg
as 2nd Officer
Newton House
as Officer
Ralph Nye
as Officer
Selmer Jackson
as Medical Officer
Dick French
as Second Student
Selmar Jackson
as Medical Officer
David Newell
as Lt. Brown
Olive Jones
as Mrs. Brown
Helen Flint
as Mrs. Johnson
Joseph Crehan
as Communications Officer
Charles Sherlock
as Third Student
Don Turner
as First Student
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Critic Reviews for Devil Dogs of the Air

All Critics (4)

A follow-up to the Cagney navy picture. Lacks plot.

April 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The United States Marine Service placed itself unreservedly at the disposal of Warner Brothers to make this picture, and the result, technically speaking, is highly impressive.

October 4, 2019 | Full Review…

This is a standardized Cagney vehicle, turned out from the mould. I think it is time they broke it and tried a new one.

June 7, 2019 | Full Review…

It's really a showcase for Cagney's cocky charm and smart-aleck attitude...

December 28, 2007 | Full Review…

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