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Director:
Writer:
Dudley Nichols (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 March 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
GIANTS OF THE SKY...blazing a trail to victory! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
John Ridgely ... Pilot

Gig Young ... Co-Pilot

Arthur Kennedy ... Bombardier
Charles Drake ... Navigator

Harry Carey ... Crew Chief

George Tobias ... Asst. Crew Chief
Ward Wood ... Radio Operator
Ray Montgomery ... Asst. Radio Operator

John Garfield ... Aerial Gunner

James Brown ... 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
Bill Crago ... Lieut. P T. Moran
Faye Emerson ... Susan McMartin
Addison Richards ... Maj. Daniels
James Flavin ... Maj. A.M. Bagley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray Alper ... Butch - Demolition Squad Corporal (uncredited)
Lynn Baggett ... Nurse (uncredited)
Leah Baird ... Nurse #2 (uncredited)

Rand Brooks ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
James Bush ... Clark Field Control Officer (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Mrs. Mary Quincannon (uncredited)
Warren Douglas ... Hickam Field Control Officer (uncredited)
Bill Edwards ... Soldier (uncredited)
John Estes ... Orderly (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Ross Ford ... Second Lieutenant (uncredited)
Ruth Ford ... Nurse (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Group Commander Jack Harper (uncredited)
Pat Gleason ... Marine (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Sergeant (uncredited)

William Hopper ... Sergeant (uncredited)
David S. Horsley ... Orderly (uncredited)
Marjorie Hoshelle ... Nurse (uncredited)
Bill Hunter ... Marine (uncredited)
Bill Kennedy ... Marine (uncredited)
Allan Lane ... Marine (uncredited)
Charles Lang ... Soldier (uncredited)

Harry Lewis ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Warren Mace ... Orderly (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
James Millican ... Marine with Dog on Wake Island (uncredited)
Maurice Murphy ... Harper's Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Tom Neal ... Marine (uncredited)
George N. Neise ... Hickam Field Radio Operator (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Ground Crewman (uncredited)
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Chester (uncredited)
Walter Sande ... Joe - Mechanic at Clark Field (uncredited)
Edward Soo Hoo ... Chinese (uncredited)
Walter Soo Hoo ... Chinese (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Doctor Attending Quincannon (uncredited)
Freddie Steele ... Marine (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Theodore von Eltz ... First Lieutenant (uncredited)
Hal Welling ... Officer (uncredited)
Pat West ... Soldier with Demolition Squad (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman ... Marine (uncredited)
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Directed by
Howard Hawks 
 
Writing credits
Dudley Nichols (original screenplay)

Leah Baird  uncredited
William Faulkner  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)
Arthur T. Horman  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Amy 
 
Art Direction by
John Hughes 
 
Set Decoration by
Walter F. Tilford (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Sullivan .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Roy Davidson .... special effects director
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
Rex Wimpy .... special effects
Nathan Levinson .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Sam Triffy .... stunt flyer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elmer Dyer .... aerial photography
Charles A. Marshall .... aerial photography (as Charles Marshall)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul Mantz .... chief pilot: Warner Bros.
Theron Coulter .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Sam Triffy .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Frank Weatherwax .... dog trainer (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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  • U.S. Army  special thanks
  • United States Army Air Corps  grateful acknowledgment is given to, without whose assistance this record could not have been filmed (as the United States Army Air Force)
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Runtime:
124 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (alternate rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #8438)

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Trivia:
Henry Blair is in studio records/casting call lists playing "Quincannon's Son" and he's called Michael in the film, but he does not appear.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The Jap task force the Mary Ann spots through the clouds is moving across the water in the direction of the camera's travel at an oblique angle to their wakes, revealing that they are photographically superimposed.See more »
Quotes:
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg:Fried Jap going down!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Warner at War (2008) (TV)See more »
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22 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Standard WWII Morale Booster, 12 January 2005
Author: dglink from Alexandria, VA

Howard Hawk's "Air Force" is another in a long list of patriotic films about America's fighting men during World War II that were made to raise the spirits of audiences back home. Stereotypes abound, clichés come hard and fast, and the hokum flies faster than the planes as a flying fortress on a routine reconnaissance flight from California in early December 1941 is enmeshed in the Japanese attacks on U.S. Pacific bases. However, despite the requisite sentiment that includes cloying death bed scenes, teary-eyed mothers, and even a stowaway dog, "Air Force" stays on course under Hawk's steady direction and is fairly entertaining fare. The strong cast, which includes John Garfield, Gig Young, and Arthur Kennedy, is excellent and delivers the uninspired dialog with credibility. Although the considerable talents of these actors are not taxed, Garfield plays to type as the cynic who rises to handle the unfolding events, and a mustached Young provides solid support as the co-pilot. In addition to the cast, James Wong Howe's dramatic black and white cinematography is another major asset, and viewers have much time to admire his work with light and shadow during the talky episodes that take place within the claustrophobic plane. While there are too many stretches of dialog during the early part of the movie, a climactic air/sea battle brings the film to an exciting conclusion. A fine cast, outstanding photography, and a few good action sequences outweigh the overused plot devices and deliver an entertaining film that will quickly become blurred in memory with dozens of other similar war films made during the mid-1940's.

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