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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)

Lloyd Nolan ... Rocky Evans

Alexis Smith ... Helen Powers

Craig Stevens ... Chuck Evans

Gene Lockhart ... John Powers

Edward Ellis ... Pop 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 ... (scenes deleted)

Weldon Heyburn ... (scenes deleted)

Cyril Ring ... Harry (scenes deleted)
Tom Coleman ... Man in Office (uncredited)
Billy Dawson ... Messenger Boy (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 - the Drunk in the Diner (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Herbert Gunn ... Clerk (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... Jim - Powers' Clerk (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 - Policeman (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 - Diner Customer (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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Recycling!!!, 23 April 2012
Author: xerses13 from United States

STEEL AGAINST THE SKY (1941) is one of Warner Brothers (W.B.) 'Working Man' pictures. This time featuring the building of a bridge. While building the bridge, competing Brothers vie for the affection of a comely young lass. The Brothers are Rocky Evans (Lloyd Nolan) -vs- Chuck (Craig Stevens) both with eyes on Helen Powers (Alexis Smith). Who wins out, well you should already know if you have seen THE IRISH IN US (1935).

Yes, S.A.T.S is T.I.I.U. recycled just six (6) years later. In that picture Pat O'Brien (Pat O'Hara) is out-pointed by James Cagney (Danny) for hand of the beautiful Lucille Jackson (Olivia De Havilland). The differences, rather then build bridges we have the Police. Instead of a eccentric inventor as Chuck Evan's protégé we have Cagney's Boxer, Carbarn Hammerschlog (Allen Jenkins). The remake, a gruff lovable Father 'Pop' Evans (Edward Ellis), the original a sweet and 'oh' so Irish Mother 'Ma' (Mary Gordon).

This is not the first or the last time the W.B. and all the other studios would recycle plots going back to there original 'Silent' incarnations. Some will even use the same exact footage. Which can be really jarring. Example, THE CROWD ROARS (1932) became INDIANAPOLIS SPEEDWAY (1939). Do you think in seven (7) years both the Cars and Women's fashions would be noticeably different? Yes they are, but it did get the picture made quickly, under budget and profitable.

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