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Power Dive (1941)

(1941) Richard Arlen, Jean Parker, Roger Pryor, Don Castle. Arlen plays a tough test pilot in this solid B action film. He and his brother develop a new secret aircraft made out of plastic.... See full summary »


James P. Hogan (as James Hogan)


Maxwell Shane (screenplay), Edward Churchill (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Richard Arlen ... Brad Farrell
Jean Parker ... Carol Blake
Helen Mack ... Betty Coles
Roger Pryor ... Dan McMasters
Don Castle ... Doug Farrell
Cliff Edwards ... Squid Watkins
Billy Lee ... Brad Coles
Thomas W. Ross ... Prof. Blake (as Thomas Ross)
Louis Jean Heydt ... Johnny Coles
Ralph Byrd ... Jackson - Draftsman
Helen Lynd ... Mabel
Tom Dugan ... Waiter
Alan Baldwin Alan Baldwin ... Young Reporter
Pat West Pat West ... Bob - Burly Mechanic


(1941) Richard Arlen, Jean Parker, Roger Pryor, Don Castle. Arlen plays a tough test pilot in this solid B action film. He and his brother develop a new secret aircraft made out of plastic.*This video has been manufactured from the best quality video master currently available; audio or image quality may vary.* Written by Sinister Cinema Catalog

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Daring Death...risking life and love...to bring America new wings! (original print ad) See more »


Adventure | Drama


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Release Date:

4 June 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Piloto de Arrojo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pine-Thomas Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Referenced in American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996) See more »

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Plastic airplanes
16 February 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The dollar Bills of Paramount Studios, William Pine and William Thomas tackle a routine aviation drama something along the lines of Men With Wings and I Wanted Wings, A budget productions from their studio. Pine- Thomas couldn't do much with Power Dive however.

The usual aviation clichés are all present with the rivalry between brothers Richard Arlen and Don Castle over aviation and over Jean Parker whose father Thomas Ross has invented a new plastic plane that he wants to sell to the army.

That's not as silly as it sounds, if you'll remember Howard Hughes was also experimenting with a plywood airplane, the legendary Spruce Goose a few years later. Still when one says plastic airplanes I automatically think of the model ships and planes one glued together as a child back in the day.

It's a weak story and Cliff Edwards as the airplane mechanic and comic relief was singularly unfunny. Aviation buffs will like it, few others.

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