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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)
Original Music by
William Lava (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)
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

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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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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Pretty Decent, Undemanding Warners 'B', 12 January 2006
Author: scrubbles from United States

Steel Against the Sky is an engaging yet uneven blend of comedy, romance and melodrama set in the construction industry. Another example of the kind of quick and snazzy movies that Warner Brothers ground out like sausages in the early '40s, but it's scripted and directed so indifferently that the whole project cries out for the macho verve of a Raoul Walsh. Lloyd Nolan and Craig Stevens star as bickering brothers vying for the attentions of pretty Alexis Smith. What ensues is very predictable, but Stevens and Smith have undeniable chemistry (the couple latter married and stayed united until Smith's death in the 1990s) and the thrills come assuredly in the climax atop a huge, slippery bridge. For comedic relief, Walter Catlett annoys as a bumbling scientist. Luckily, his scenes aren't too long. A young and unknown Jackie Gleason has a funny little scene early on.

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