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Hell's Angels

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What's it About

This high-flying adventure tells the dramatic story of two brothers, the weaselly Monte Rutledge (Lyon) and his more honorable sibling, Roy (Hall), who compete for the attentions of beautiful young socialite Helen (Harlow) while at Oxford. When the First World War breaks out, Monte and Roy promptly join the RAF and begin flying treacherous missions over German territory. As fate would have it, they will soon encounter an old acquaintance from earlier days with a well-earned grudge against Monte, a German who is now fighting for his homeland (Prival).

Why we love it

Forget the dated romantic intrigues on the ground, and see this for the bang-up aerial sequences, especially that breathtaking dogfight (with one plane flown by Howard Hughes himself), and a justifiably famous sequence involving a zeppelin attack over London. Plus, feast your eyes on youthful starlet-to-be Harlow, who's magnetic playing an alluring floozy. "Angels" was a triumph for aviator/producer Hughes critically (though not commercially, as the filming of those incredible stunts nearly broke the bank!). Take off with "Hell's Angels."

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"