Passed | | Drama, War
Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms.
A common myth is told that prudish audiences gasped at the language uttered by the pilots during the dogfight scenes with Baldy screaming "Son of a Bosch!" and Monte cursing "Son of a bee!" In fact, such language was common in Pre-Production Code films, and film audiences had already encountered far more obscene language in Silent films by merely reading actors' lips.
Helen: That's a good boy.
Capt. Redfield: What a life it would be married to you.
Helen: Oh, you don't fancy it?
Capt. Redfield: Beastly, no smokes!
Helen: Think of all the money we'd save.
Capt. Redfield: What would we spend it on?
Helen: Oh, a diamond dog collar.
Capt. Redfield: For me?
Helen: No, I'd buy a muzzle for you.
Capt. Redfield: You wouldn't spoil my ...
The UCLA Film and Television Archive restored the film to its premiere version, which is the version currently available on DVD. In addition to reinstating the 8-minute two-strip Technicolor sequence, tinting and toning was restored to the duel at sunrise, the Zeppelin battle, the night patrol, and Monte and Roy departing for their bombing run. Note that these sequences were intact on earlier prints, but without color or special processing. The film's Intermission title card, along with Entr'acte music and exit music were reinstated as well.
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