The Lost Squadron

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"-Not a War Picture- But a war picture in the making! -Planes flying, crashing, while below cameras grind, and an inhuman genius drives men to destruction for the supreme thrill!"
  • Passed
  • 1932
  • 1 hr 19 min
  • 6.4  (823)

The Lost Squadron is a 1932 adventure drama set during the early days of aviation. The film follows the exploits of a team of adventurous pilots who were once the most sought-after flying aces at the end of World War I. The squadron's glory days, however, have long since passed, and with the advent of newer, faster, and more advanced planes, the pilots now find themselves relegated to performing death-defying stunts for Hollywood movies.

Richard Dix stars as Capt. Gibbons, the leader of the squadron. His character is a daring and charismatic man, whose love of flying is matched only by his desire for a good drink and the company of beautiful women. Mary Astor plays the part of his love interest, a glamorous and ambitious actress named Dorothy. Robert Armstrong rounds out the cast as an ill-tempered mechanic named Gink who provides much of the film's comic relief.

The Lost Squadron paints a vivid picture of the early days of aviation, when flying was still a risky and often deadly pursuit, and airfields were makeshift affairs with little in the way of protective gear for pilots or spectators. Despite the dangerous conditions of their work, Capt. Gibbons and his squadron retain a sense of humor and camaraderie, joking and teasing each other in between flights.

When a Hollywood studio hires the squadron to perform a series of stunts for their latest film, the pilots eagerly accept the offer, eager to prove to the world, and themselves, that they still have what it takes to be more than just stuntmen. The film's action sequences are thrilling, and the aerial battles are meticulously choreographed, with the planes swooping and diving in death-defying maneuvers that will leave viewers on the edge of their seats.

The Lost Squadron is also a poignant exploration of the psychological toll that aerial combat can take on pilots. The squadron's members are all battling their own demons, haunted by memories of the war and struggling to adjust to civilian life. Capt. Gibbons, in particular, is a haunted figure, who is plagued by nightmares of his past exploits as a war hero.

As the film progresses, the squadron's members begin to realize that their glory days are truly gone, and that their current work as stunt pilots is little more than a sideshow act. The pilots reach a crossroads, as they confront the realization that their previous love of flying has been replaced by fear and disillusionment.

The climax of the movie is both exciting and heartrending, as the squadron undertakes a dangerous mission that will test their skills as pilots and their loyalty to one another. The action sequences are breath-taking, and the sense of danger is palpable as the pilots battle both the elements and each other.

Overall, The Lost Squadron is a compelling and visually stunning film that explores the themes of friendship, sacrifice, and the transformative power of war. The performances of the three lead actors are all excellent, and the film's special effects and aerial sequences are impressive even by today's standards. Anyone with an interest in aviation, early Hollywood, or just a good old-fashioned adventure story should not miss this classic film.

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    6.4  (823)