The Lost Squadron. 1932. USA. Directed by George Archainbaud. 79 min.
Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Wallace Smith, Robert R. Presnell, Sr., from a story by Dick Grace. With Richard Dix, Mary Astor, Robert Armstrong, Joel McCrea, Erich von Stroheim. This story of World War I pilots returning to the homefront and seeking employment as stunt fliers allowed Stroheim to revive his bread-and-butter villainous role, which complemented his reputation as a maniacal director. Réné Péron’s monumental poster of a plane crashing down in front of a rolling camera is an apt representation of the production: Dick Grace, the daredevil lead stunt pilot, also wrote the story the film is based on. Grace served in both World Wars, wrote several books, and is the rare stunt pilot to die of old age.