With the rest of the world at war, Warner Bros. Technicolor tribute to naval aviation provided a rare look at the USS Enterprise in Hawaii and its diverse array of aircraft, all of which were destroyed months later in the Battle of Midway. Dive Bomber, dramatizing the efforts of flight surgeons to combat the dangers of high-altitude flight, was included with other Hollywood films in a congressional accusation of sabre rattling and the film industry’s endorsement of President Roosevelt’s interventionist stance towards America’s participation in the war. The Academy Award-nominated Technicolor aerial photography is a standout.
Warner Bros. 1941. Technicolor. 133 mins. Director: Michael Curtiz.