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Devil Dogs of the Air Details


Warner Bros.' Devil Dogs of the Air is very much a "formula" picture -- but what a wonderful formula it is! James Cagney plays reckless stunt flyer Tommy O'Toole, who is encouraged to join the Marine Flying Corps by his old Brooklyn buddy Lt. William Brannigan (Pat O'Brien). An undeniably talented flyboy, Tommy is also brash, obnoxious and pugnacious, quickly earning the enmity of his fellow trainees. He even falls out with Brannigan over the affections of pretty waitress Betty Roberts (Margaret Lindsay). Very nearly "washing out" of the service, Tommy is eventually brought into line by the combined efforts of Brannigan, Betty, and the rest of the "devil dogs." After earning oodles of money for Warners during its first release, Devil Dogs of the Air proved equally as successful when it was reissued six years later, just before America's entry into WW II. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


James Cagney
as Tommy O'Toole
Pat O'Brien
as Lt. William Brannigan
Margaret Lindsay
as Betty Roberts
Frank McHugh
as Crash Kelly
Helen Lowell
as Ma Roberts
Russell Hicks
as Captain
Ward Bond
as Senior Instructor
Bob Spencer
as Mate
William "Wild Bill" Elliott
as Instructor
Samuel S. Hinds
as Fleet Commander
Don Turner
as First Student
David Newell
as Lt. Brown
Dennis O'Keefe
as Student
William B. Davidson
as Adjutant
Joseph Crehan
as Communications Officer
Harry Seymour
as Officer
Carlyle Blackwell
as Messenger
Charles Sherlock
as Third Student
Selmar Jackson
as Medical Officer


Lloyd Bacon
Arthur Edeson
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Leo F. Forbstein
Composer (Music Score)
William B. Clemens
Costume Designer