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Paul Girard Smith (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 December 1941 (USA) See more »
Rough-hewn Rocky Evans has two great loves--his job building bridges and beautiful Helen Powers, his boss' daughter... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Alexis Smith ... Helen Powers

Lloyd Nolan ... Rocky Evans

Craig Stevens ... Chuck Evans

Gene Lockhart ... John Powers

Edward Ellis ... Pop Aloysius Evans

Walter Catlett ... Professor Rupert Sampson

Howard Da Silva ... Bugs (as Howard da Silva)

Edward Brophy ... Pete Evans

Julie Bishop ... Myrt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joe Devlin ... Ed (scenes deleted)

Edward Hearn ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)

Weldon Heyburn ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)

Cyril Ring ... Harry (scenes deleted)
Tom Coleman ... Man in Office (uncredited)
Billy Dawson ... Messenger Boy (uncredited)
Jerome de Nuccio ... Construction Worker (uncredited)

James Dime ... Construction Worker (uncredited)
Neal Dodd ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)

Roland Drew ... Weather Man (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Egg Man in Diner (uncredited)

John Gallaudet ... Worker Answering Telephone (uncredited)

Jackie Gleason ... Cliff (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Herbert Gunn ... Clerk (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... Jim (uncredited)
Reid Kilpatrick ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)

George Lloyd ... Tired Counterman (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ... Construction Worker (uncredited)

Hank Mann ... Worked Who Lived in Missouri (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... New Worker (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Construction Worker (uncredited)
Patrick McVey ... Construction Worker (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Engineer (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... Rocky's Crew Member (uncredited)

Pat O'Malley ... Construction Worker (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Construction Worker (uncredited)
John Ridgely ... Joe (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Construction Worker (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Worker (uncredited)
Don Turner ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Worker (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Worker (uncredited)

Dick Wessel ... Mike (uncredited)

Directed by
A. Edward Sutherland 
Writing credits
Paul Girard Smith (screenplay) (as Paul Gerard Smith)

Maurice Hanline (from a story by) and
Jesse Lasky Jr. (from a story by)

Produced by
Edmund Grainger .... associate producer
Bryan Foy .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
James Van Trees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Doug Gould (film editor)
Art Direction by
Charles Novi 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Quinn .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Special Effects by
Willard Van Enger .... special effects
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director (uncredited)
William Lava .... composer: music cues (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Foulk .... dialogue director
M.L. Lipsett .... technical advisor
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as a Warner Bros. .- First National Picture)
DistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

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67 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
USA:Approved (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #7690)

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The family that builds, 8 June 2017
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Some sharp eyed previous reviewer caught the same thing I did, that Steel Against The Sky is a remake of the Cagney/O'Brien classic The Irish In Us. Warner Brothers more than most recycled a lot of their most other studios their previous film.

The action shifts from the slums of The Lower East Side of New York across the country to the Pacific coast where a bridge that looks a lot like the unfinished Golden Gate is going up. The Evans family are a family of bridge builders specializing in the very highest points of those suspension bridges being constructed. Edward Ellis who was injured on the job brought his three sons up in the same trade. The boys are Lloyd Nolan who is a foreman, amiable lunkhead Edward Brophy, and Craig Stevens who is looking for an easier and softer way to make a living.

Both Nolan and Stevens fall for the big boss Gene Lockhart's daughter Alexis Smith and upon that rests the rest of the story.

I have to say that Warner Brothers edited the footage of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge well into the plot. The concern is that the construction of the bridge will be delayed and it's building is part of our national defense program. The fact that Steel Against The Sky was released a week after Pearl Harbor must have made the ticket buying public a bit apprehensive at so timely a remark.

Probably the most important thing to come out of Steel Against The Sky was the marriage of Alexis Smith and Craig Stevens in real life.

Not a bad film from Warner Brothers B picture unit.

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