Devil's Squadron


1h 20m 1936

Film Details

Release Date
May 1, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Paul Redmond, a test pilot who was dishonorably discharged from the United States Marines, meets Martha Dawson, daughter of Colonel E. J. Dawson, the owner of Dawson Aircraft Corporation, by chance on an airliner. On landing they are greated by Martha's father and her fiancé, Dana Kirk and, Paul introduces himself as their new test pilot. Dana and Paul are old friends and Dana has agreed to give Paul a chance to make a comeback. Later, during a test flight, Dawson establishes a new speed record, but the plane crashes as he lands. Martha and her brother, Ritchie, who is also a test pilot, then take over the company. During the test flights that follow, many of their pilots are killed or maimed. This track record terrifies Ritchie and on the eve of his test flight, he commits suicide. In order to save Martha from the disgrace of her brother's suicide, Paul places Ritchie's body in a test plane, takes it up and, after setting it ablaze, parachutes out. The accident is investigated and it is revealed that Paul was discharged from the Marine Air Corps for bailing out on a student flyer. Now everyone but Paul's fellow pilot, Jim Barlow, believes he did the same thing to Ritchie. Later, Paul learns that Dana is scheduled to perform a dangerous flight test and rather than let the inexperienced pilot risk his life, Paul knocks him unconscious and performs the test himself. Watched by Army Major T. L. Metcalf, Paul safely performs the test and as a result, the army orders the planes to be built for their use. Then, Barlow tells Dana how Paul covered up Ritchie's suicide. Dana relates this to Martha, as well as the fact that he did not perform the test. With the truth revealed, Barlow unites Martha and Paul by skywriting, "Paul--come back to Marty!"

Film Details

Release Date
May 1, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Film Length
7 reels

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Notes

The following written prologue appears after the opening credits: "This picture is dedicated to the test pilots....those men who knowingly face death every time they leave the ground in an untried airplane. We never hear of these men, yet on their courage depends the future of aviation." According to Motion Picture Herald, writer Dick Grace was a former movie stunt pilot. Motion Picture Herald also noted that a Northrup plane was used to perform the stunts. The film's shooting schedule included a three week hiatus during January 1936.