A naval officer who had deserted several years earlier is drawn back to the Navy when World War II begins. He re-enlists under an assumed name, and is assigned to a minesweeper, where he ... See full summary »
The story of men at war and that of the esteemed Pulitzer prize winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Soon after the U.S. entry into World War II, Pyle joined C Company, 18th Infantry in ... See full summary »
William A. Wellman
A doctor and his staff in a hospital on the Philippine island of Corregidor shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor try to treat the sick, injured and wounded as American and Filipino troops desperately try to beat back a ferocious Japanese attack.
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »
When the Japanese fighters attack the bomber, we can clearly see that there are five of them. Foxie also confirms there are five enemy planes, and the planes are counted during the attack as they are shot down by the gunners. But when we cut to a close-up of the Japanese pilot, more than five planes can be seen on the far side of his fighter. See more »
Richard Arlen and Chester Morris in WW 2 bombers in conflict with one another over Amelita Ward
I liked this movie. It's a low budget b-movie but one that's done smoothly and with some sophistication, plus it has its share of dramatic conflict and some aerial dogfighting against Japanese Zeroes. The acting is fine by all concerned. Jimmy Lydon provides good support. The patriotic filler is kept down, but there is quite a lot of back projection that doesn't serve the film well.
Anyone from Harlingen, Texas will appreciate the location at the air base there. Even Brownsville is mentioned in a letter.
The story is told in flashback by Arlen, and that's well done. Most of it is about the training of bomber gunners in which Morris keeps trying to wash out Arlen and both have eyes for cute Amelita Ward. Later the story opens out into the war scenes in which Arlen is now a pilot and the superior of Morris, in a role reversal. Both Morris and Arlen always well handled their b-movie roles, but in very different ways; and they elevated the movies they were in. This is a minor film but you could do worse.
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