Sunday, April 7, 2019


1.  What movie is the picture from?

2.  What movie is this quote from?

Saving that Kraut was the final joke of the whole goddamned war. I mean we had more in common with him than all our replacements who got killed whose names we never even knew. We'd all made it through we were alive. I'm gonna dedicate my book to those who shot but didn't get shot, because it's about survivors. And surviving is the only glory in war, if you know what I mean.

3.  What movie is this?

It is a WWII aerial combat war movie released in 1930 and memorably directed by Howard Hughes in his debut.  The production is legendary.  The movie was intended to be Hughes’ answer to “Wings”, but the advent of “talkies” prompted him to convert it to sound at great additional cost.  At around $4 million, it was the most expensive motion picture released to that date.  The switch to sound also necessitated the dumping of the thickly accented Greta Nissan with Jean Harlow.  Hughes insisted on going big so the famous dogfight scene used 70 pilots (many of them WWI vets) and many actual WWI biplanes.  Three of the pilots died in filming and Hughes himself crashed and broke some bones filming a sequence none of the pilots would agree to attempt.  The movie had one of the grandest openings ever at Grauman’s Theater and was a hit although it had difficulty recouping the cost.


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