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Air Force (1943)

Passed  -  Action | Drama | History  -  20 March 1943 (USA)
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The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ridgely ...
Pilot
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Co-Pilot
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Bombardier
Charles Drake ...
Navigator
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Crew Chief
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Asst. Crew Chief
Ward Wood ...
Radio Operator
Ray Montgomery ...
Asst. Radio Operator
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Aerial Gunner
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Pursuit Pilot - Passenger
Stanley Ridges ...
Major Mallory
Willard Robertson ...
Colonel at Hickam Field
Moroni Olsen ...
Col. Blake
Edward Brophy ...
Marine Sgt. J.J. Callahan (as Edward S. Brophy)
Richard Lane ...
Maj. W.G. Roberts
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On December 6, 1941 nine B-17 bomber set off on a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii. One of the bombers, the Mary Ann, is commanded by 'Irish' Quincannon. The bombardier, Tommy McMartin, has a sister living in Hawaii and the co-pilot, Bill Williams, is sweet on her. The men are all highly professional with the exception of aerial gunner Joe Winocki, a bitter man who has every intention of leaving the army air corps. They arrive at Hickam Field on the morning of December 7, just as the Japanese are attacking Pearl Harbor and other military facilities. All of the men prepare to face the enemy, including Winocki whose attitude changes quickly. The bomber and its crew will participate in many missions but not all will survive. Written by garykmcd

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GIANTS OF THE SKY...blazing a trail to victory! See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

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20 March 1943 (USA)  »

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In die japanische Sonne  »

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Trivia

Actual newsreel footage was expertly inserted into the film, including scenes from the Battle of the Coral Sea. See more »

Goofs

The scene in which the Mary Ann is attacked by Japanese fighters was obviously done with static models or rear projection imaging. The size of the attacking aircraft never changes and they remain on screen for several seconds. In reality, the fighters should appear to get larger as they approach and given a top speed of 300-350 mph, the fighters should be on screen for a couple seconds at most. See more »

Quotes

Radio Operator Peterson: [looking down] That's an awful big town, San Francisco.
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg: Strictly a one whistle stop. There's only one city in the U.S.A. and that's New York.
Sgt. Robbie White: Oh, you're just a hometown hick, Weinberg. What's wrong with California?
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg: California? The sun shines and nuthin' ever happens. Before you know it, you're 60 years old.
Sgt. Robbie White: It's no different from New York. My sister's been tryin' to get out of Brooklyn for the last 40 years.
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg: Brooklyn? That ain't New York, chief. Once you cross that Brooklyn Bridge, you're outta ...
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Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Played during the foreword quotng Abraham Lincoln
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An irony years later
18 February 2003 | by (Pennsylvania , USA) – See all my reviews

I was stationed at Hamilton Air Force Base from November of 1966 till March of 1970. The movie starts off with a teletype message coming through ordering the B-17 group to proceed from Hamilton Field California to Hickam Field Hawaii for two weeks of annual training . I was stationed at the same base years later when it was a fighter plane base. I saw lots of old photos from the days when Flying Fortress B-17's flew off the same runway. Even though the special effects are not up to todays standards, I still enjoy watching this movie every time it is on TV . As a military photographer, I can only imagine what it must have been like to capture the chaos going on that Sunday morning in 1941. My first two years , I used a Speed Graphic just like those used back then so I have insight into how they worked .


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