Oscar Movies: Dive Bomber (1941)

Produced with the assistance of the Navy, Warner made “Dive Bomber” as a propaganda piece as well as star vehicle for Errol Flynn.

 

 

Dealing with aviation medicine, the film told a story of the medical men practicing in the field and the pilots who were their patients and guinea pigs.

 

Handsomer Errol Flynn looks dashing as a young Naval surgeon who decided to devote himself to aviation medicine after an injured pilot died on his operating table during surgery.

 

 

 

The film itself was physically handsome, containing many impressively shot and engrossing sequences, in the air and in the laboratory.

 

 

 

The film was proficiently directed by the prolific and versatile Michael Curtiz (“Casablanca,” “Mildred Pierce”), who had previously made several of Errol Flynn’s thrilling swashbucklers.

 

 

 

Obviously, the Navy (and the public) was pleased with this salute to a group of dedicated men charting new paths in medical knowledge.

 

 

 

Oscar Nominations: 1

 

Color Cinematography: Bert Glennon

 

 

 

Oscar Awards: None

 

 

 

Oscar Context

 

 

 

 

 

Cast:

 

 

 

Errol Flynn

 

Fred MacMurray

 

Ralph Bellamy

 

Alexis Smith

 

Robert Armstorng

 

Regis Toomey

 

Allen Jenkins

 

Craig Stevens

 

Herbert Anderson

 

Moroni Olsen

 

Dennie Moore

 

Louis Jean Heydt

 

Cliff Nazarro

 

 

 

Credits:

 

 

 

Released: August 29, 1941

 

Produced by Warner

 

Directed by Michael Curtiz.

 

Screenplay by Frank Wead and Robert; Buckner, from a story by Frank Wead.