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Beyond the Line of Duty (1942)

Approved  |   |  Short, Biography, War  |  7 November 1942 (USA)
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Narrated by Ronald Reagan, this Warner Brothers short in support of the war effort focuses on the exploits of Army Air Corps Captain Hewett T. Wheless and his exploits just after the U.S. ... See full summary »

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Hewitt T. Wheless ...
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Himself (voice) (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Hubert R. Harmon ...
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Narrated by Ronald Reagan, this Warner Brothers short in support of the war effort focuses on the exploits of Army Air Corps Captain Hewett T. Wheless and his exploits just after the U.S. entry into World War II. He was a ranch hand before enlisting and the film recreates his training with Wheless eventually commanding a bomber. On a mission, his aircraft encountered 18 Japanese Zeros but he managed to safely return to base, despite the severe damage to his aircraft. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism. Written by garykmcd

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7 November 1942 (USA)  »

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In the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's (AMPAS) on-line database, as well as its set of looseleaf pages listing all nominees and winners, this wartime dramatic short is incorrectly identified as an entry in Warner Bros.' "Broadway Brevities" series, which comprises musical two-reelers. See more »

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Narrator Ronald Reagan identifies the credited actors listed below his name. See more »

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The Eyes of Texas
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Lyrics by John L. Sinclair
Music based on the folk song "I've Been Working on the Railroad"
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Nice WWII Short
11 February 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Beyond the Line of Duty (1942)

*** (out of 4)

Lewis Seiler Oscar-winning short about the career of Hewitt T. Wheless, a simple man working on a ranch who got the urge to join the Air Force and he soon found himself flying important missions during WW2. There's no doubt that this film was made to inspire other young men to join the forces and help fight WW2 so the preaching that happens throughout is understandable considering what the country was going through and what the goal of this short was. Wheless actually does a pretty good job at playing himself and he comes across as a very likable guy and someone whose story is interesting enough to make for a good film. Ronald Reagan narrates this short and an interesting twist is that he was President when Wheless would die in real life. In terms of technical achievement this film doesn't offer too much but it's still very entertaining and shows us a part of history. Look quickly for Glenn Strange playing a cowboy.


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