This was pre-code Hollywood, and pre-brassiere days.
There are scenes with passionate kissing deemed risque back then.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


War is like an all inclusive Pandora’s box. You never know what will be released before you open it. Even those who launch the war cannot predict and control its direction. While releasing destruction, this Pandora box always urges human beings to exert their intelligence and ability to gain the upper hand in the struggle out of the ultimate goal of survival, thus promoting the rapid development of science and technology for struggle. The war also promoted the rapid development of Aeronautics and aircraft military manufacturing. At the dawn of the 20th century, for the “good guy in the aircraft”, the aircraft is still a new thing that has just been born. After crossing the sea and climbing the peak, humans full of romantic and adventurous spirit grow wings and rise to the sky. They fly all kinds of strange and imaginative aircraft and have a flying competition happily, unaware that a competition will change the face of the whole world The war to extinguish the light of old Europe is imminent, and it is even more impossible to know that the concept of air war will be introduced into war and will determine the future war. As a new weapon, the mission of aircraft is reconnaissance and bombing at the beginning of entering the battlefield: the development of trench warfare makes the cavalry lose further use in reconnaissance tasks, and tactical and strategic reconnaissance can only be carried out from above the enemy ground forces; The artillery observation problem also appeared. The observation balloon could not cope with the situation, so the aircraft was called to complete this important task. The complex situation of trench warfare has greatly promoted air warfare, and every belligerent country now has to fight for intelligence. In the eyes of later generations, dogsight, a cruel and magnificent air tangle that embodies the courage of human individuals to the greatest extent, has never been the main purpose of aircraft entering the battlefield, but has become the most impressive air battle of World War I. Less than a decade after the war, the young Lin Bai piloted the spirit of St. Louis and completed the feat of flying across the ocean without landing with one wing and one engine, sweeping the aviation boom across the world again. At the same time, it also brought an extraordinary beginning of the theme of World War I air war in Hollywood. The success of wings in 1927 was inseparable from Lin Bai’s success, and the success of wings led to the upsurge of a series of air war films from the 1920s to 1930s. Howard Hughes’s hell’s angels was born under this background.

Hell’s Angels is the most famous film of aircraft designer and aviation tycoon Howard Hughes. It is also a classic in the history of world air war films. Its famous points are as follows: shooting hell’s Angels cost nearly $4 million and was released in 1930. At that time, it was the most expensive film in history; The last air battle of the video was shot with 137 pilots, most of whom were real world war I veterans; Three pilots and a mechanic were killed in an accident during the shooting; When Paul Mantz, the chief stunt pilot of the team leader, proposed that a very difficult change was too dangerous and his pilot could not do it safely, Hughes took the plane to do this part of the stunt lens himself. Later, as Mantz predicted, he was seriously injured in the crash and his skull was broken; A lawsuit against the rival the Dawn Patrol.

In the late 1920s, when the shooting of hell’s angels started, Hughes, who was in his early 20s, inherited the legacy of his parents. He loved flying. He was an old pilot. He was rich, willful, rich second generation + Super action force + unlimited passion towards madness. The result of the combination was nothing impossible. As long as he wanted to do, there was nothing he couldn’t do, Spending a lot of money to make an air war film has fully foreshadowed his future route. The field of fighting to spend money as an aviation tycoon is just right for him. Hell’s angels was originally shot as a silent film. When the era of sound came, Hughes, who had obsessive-compulsive disorder and repeated revision addiction, decided to make it a sound film again, so he invited James whale, the British director who later lost blue bridge in the original version, to direct the dialogue. After the remake, the editing took a long time. At this time, Hughes heard that another air war film with the same theme was being produced, which was the classic air war film the day patrol written by John monk Saunders, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Richard barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in 1930. In order to prevent the Dawn Patrol from competing with his hell’s angels at the box office, Hughes tried every means to rent all the World War I aircraft that could be used to shoot films at that time, tried to block the aircraft source to his family, and filed a lawsuit against the production company of the Dawn Patrol, claiming that John monk Saunders plagiarized his works, The lawsuit forced TDP to rush through post production so that the film could be released first. Although the TDP side eventually won the lawsuit and the script itself won the Academy Award, Hughes and JMS still hold their own opinions. Both sides believe that the idea is their own original. JMS’s own comment on this is “this is indeed a crazy business where I am being asked for plasma on one hand and given the status for origin on the other.” As an audience who has seen these two films one after another in a short time, it is impossible for me not to compare them. To be fair and objective (I think), these two films have no other similarities except that the theme is the air battle on the western front of World War I. they are completely two completely different films, no matter from the presentation of air battle scenes, plot details, protagonist’s design At what level of ideological connotation, Hughes’s accusation of plagiarism of the script is very absurd and illogical. It can’t be because you shot an air battle, others can’t shoot it. Even when it comes to the original idea, there are the first Academy Award best works wings ahead, and the script is also written by JMS. Can JMS accuse hell’s angels of plagiarizing his wings? As a TDP enthusiast, I say that except for air combat scenes, there is nothing comparable to TDP. The shaping of female images is much lower than wings in earlier years (all the plots of TDP are carried out on the front line in France, without female roles). Besides, JMS has such serious air combat related themes as the eagle and the hawk and the last flight after wings and TDP. TDP also remake a new version and released it in 1938.

The following is a brief description of the plot of hell’s Angels (please skip this part if you haven’t seen the film yet).

The film begins in Germany before the war. Roy and Monte Rutledge are a pair of British brothers. They are good friends with German youth Karl armstedt. Karl and Rutledge both go to school in Oxford. Roy is formal and honest, conservative and traditional. He likes Helen in China, and imagines Helen as a dignified female image of truth, goodness and beauty. He is eager to introduce Helen to his brothers, while Monte is quite different. He is a dissolute dandy. One day, Monte was caught in the room while hooking up with the lady of Baron von Kranz, a senior German officer. The Baron was not angry, but politely handed him a business card and asked to solve the problem according to the gentleman’s traditional conflict resolution: duel. Once Monte got back, he packed up and ran away. Roy thought it was outrageous, but he couldn’t stop his brother from sneaking back to London. While he was in the room, the messenger sent by the Baron mistakenly recognized him as the duel opponent of the Baron (because when the Baron asked Monte’s name, he only answered the surname Rutledge), informed him of the duel time and place, and declared that Roy could only fight for his brother. Fortunately, he was lucky and only hurt his left arm by a bullet.

Shortly after returning to England, World War I broke out and Germany and France fought. Karl in Oxford was very frightened. He was worried about being drafted into the army and what to do if there was a war between Britain and Germany. He had no way to fight such a war. Roy comforted him, while Monte was indifferent. But soon Karl’s concern became a reality. He received a document from the German side asking him to return home immediately and report to the army. For an extreme example, Friedrich von bethmann hollweg, the eldest son of German Chancellor Theobald von bethmann hollweg during World War I, and Raymond Asquith, the eldest son of British Prime Minister H.H. Asquith, were alumni of Balliol College of Oxford University. Both of them Kia during World War I. Therefore, the situation of former classmates, alumni and even cousins facing the enemy today is not uncommon in World War I. After returning home, Karl entered the German Imperial Navy and served as a missile observer on the Zeppelin airship. The war between Britain and Germany was inevitable soon. Roy in London joined Royal Flying Corps, which Monte scoffed at. But he passed the RFC recruitment point on his way out occasionally. In order to get a kiss from the girl at the recruitment point, he signed foolishly. Roy finally found the opportunity to introduce Helen and Monte at the banquet held by Lady Randolph. Monte had no desire to meet her brother’s lover, but was confused by Helen’s beauty at first sight. Helen was completely different from the dignified and good family girl described by Roy. Monte was surprised by her debauchery. Helen asked Monte to take her home after the party and seduced him. After waking up, Monte felt ashamed of his brother and left angrily. Monte persuaded Roy to leave Helen, knowing that Helen was not as good as he thought, but when Roy asked him the reason, he couldn’t tell the fact that Helen had an affair with himself, so his persuasion was greatly reduced. Instead, Roy was very unhappy and felt that he had slandered Helen.

Karl’s Zeppelin airship attacked London. Karl couldn’t bear to drop the bomb on the intended target Trafalgar Square, so he misled the bomb into a lake regardless of military orders. At this time, the RFC four aircraft team that had been launched and intercepted found the trace of the airship, including a two seater aircraft with Roy as the pilot and Monte as the gunner. In order to get rid of the pursuit, the German airship abandoned all the loads that could be abandoned, but still could not reduce the weight and rise to a sufficient height, first cut off the hanging rope of the observation basket carrying Karl, and then ordered some crew members to jump out of the boat. In the high voice of “for Caesar and the motherland”, the crew either jumped out or were forced to pull down, One after another fell into the air (the imperial navy soldiers here are really shaped like the Japanese shouting Banzai in World War II). Even so, they still couldn’t get rid of the pursuit of RFC aircraft. The machine guns of both sides fired at each other. During the exchange of fire, three aircraft, including Roy and Monte, were shot down. Roy and Monte made a forced landing. The pilot of the only aircraft left in the sky swooped down at the moment when he witnessed the airship breaking through the cloud layer. One head hit the waist of the airship. The airship exploded from the middle and was ignited by the fire, Roy and Monte, who were cheering, fell into a huge fireball and nearly hit the ground.

On the French front line, Monte shirked his responsibility and evaded the war, resulting in the death of the pilot who replaced him. Monte was despised as a coward by his comrades in arms and was very sensitive and excited. At this time, the general came and told the German army that there was an ammunition depot that must be destroyed as soon as possible. The RFC had tried to destroy this ammunition depot three times, but now they were lucky to capture a German bomber, which could be used to disguise and penetrate into the enemy’s airspace. The destruction of the ammunition depot would provide a glimmer of hope for the subsequent offensive to be launched by the allies, Therefore, it is a very important task, but at the same time, because it uses captured German bombers, if the crew is captured, they will be treated as spies, and they are likely to be shot without being treated as prisoners of war. This task is basically a suicide mission with no return. The excited Monte did not hesitate to apply for the next task immediately, and Roy stood up immediately. Before departure, Roy went to say goodbye to Helen, who also served in France. Unexpectedly, he ran into her hanging out with another officer in the tavern. The angry Roy wants to pull Helen back. Helen admits that she has never liked him and is tired of being a good family woman in his imagination. Roy, who suffered a major setback, tried to have fun under the persuasion of Monte, while Monte sold him the fallacy of “you can’t love women, you just make love to” (it is seriously suspected that the chief director Hughes is carrying private goods). The drunken Monte tried to escape like he did in Germany and didn’t perform the task he took the initiative to undertake. Roy dragged him back.

The task of bombing the ammunition depot was completed very smoothly. When they flew over the German front, the German army on the ground cheered them. In the airspace near the ammunition depot, the flying circle led by Red Baron Richthofen, a 12 aircraft patrol, did not find any abnormality in the bomber below. When the ground exploded, the smoke rolled, Deji suddenly became aware that “this is not his own person” and immediately became a 12-1 dead game. At the critical moment, Roy and Monte’s squadron rushed to the rescue. The two sides fell into a fierce scuffle. For a time, there were planes all over the sky, and the sky turned into a purgatory of fire and blood. The roar of the engine, the wind of the broken wings, the explosion of the collision between the two planes, the incessant clatter of machine guns, the scream of pilots strafed by bullets and burned by flames… Even at such a tense juncture, there is still a brave German pilot looking at the air and drinking

Roy and Monte, the only bomber, broke away from the fighting circle of fighter children and found that no one came to chase them. But really? Will they go home so easily and safely? Nice try. A German plane noticed them and immediately followed them. It was tangled up (I don’t remember whether he stole a drink. I’ll check it later). Finally, it came to the rescue by Baldy, a comrade in arms and bald head, before shooting down the enemy plane. Now they can really go home? Naive! Don’t forget who led the German plane. It’s the red baron. The ace of World War I air war No.1. It’s so beautiful that you can return to our front safely after bombing the ammunition depot. Youdao is an expert. As soon as he makes a move, he knows whether there is Richie, who has been watching the battle from a high place

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