During World War II, a young German aviator competes with his flight squadron for the coveted Blue Max flying award, and ends up falling in love with the unhappy wife of his commanding officer.

The Blue Max

The "Blue Max", a coveted medal for achievement in flying, is ruthlessly sought by Bruno Stabel, a poor-boy German soldier who climbs out of the trenches and into the aristocratic air force. He is met with prejudice by the other contestants; wealthy snobs who look down upon his low economic stature. When he claims the title, he earns the respect of the General, and the General's wife, who wants to repay him in ways that the General might not appreciate.

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