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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 »
User Reviews:
Air Force flies high See more (49 total) »

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)

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)
DistributorsOther Companies
  • 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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
One of the top three money makers for Warner Brothers in 1943.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Sergeant Winocki is described as being a "tail gunner" but the B-17D, the model used in the film, didn't have a tail gunner position. That came with the redesigned B-17E. It is important to note, however, that in the earlier B-17 models, the waist positions functioned as the tail gunners as well. This was accomplished by fishtailing the aircraft from side to side to give the waist gunners a clear shot behind the aircraft, as seen in the film. Referring to Winocki as a "tail gunner" is not incorrect, since any number of descriptions apply in this case.See more »
Quotes:
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg:[looking at map] Is this here Wake Island?
Navigator Monk Hauser:Yeah.
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg:How far is it?
Navigator Monk Hauser:Oh, it's about 2300 miles from Honolulu.
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg:[whistles] And we're gonna land on that dot?
Navigator Monk Hauser:Yeah, it's not very big, is it?
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg:Like trying to find a buckshot in Central Park. Gee, I wish there were some traffic signs around.
Navigator Monk Hauser:There are, but you can't see them.
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg:I mean like numbers and streets.
Navigator Monk Hauser:Yeah, but they call them latitudes and longitudes.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Battle Hymn of the RepublicSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Air Force flies high, 1 March 2006
Author: johno-21 from United States

OK, so this is a war years propaganda, moral boosting, rah rah USA, loaded with technical inaccuracies movie. This is still a very good film. Actually far better than most of it's genre from that period. What I like about it is not that it's a war movie but that it has such a fine cast and being set in a single interior for much of the film it comes across more like a good stage play set during combat action of World War II. John Garfield, Gig Young, Harry Carey, George Tobias and Arthur Kennedy are among the stellar ensemble cast in a story about the beginning days of America's entry into World War II. A Hal Wallis production with direction by famed Director Howard Hawks. I've probably seen half of the movies directed by Hawks from his 40 year plus directorial career as has most people since he made so many well-known films but in case you may have missed Air Force you should check it out. Dudley Nichols whose screenplay's include Stagecoach, The Bells of St. Mary's, Gunga Din, The Big Sky and For Whom The Bell Tolls was nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the 1943 Academy Awards. Author William Faulkner collaborated in rewriting a scene and adding additional dialog. The film's only Academy Award went to George Amy for Best Film Editing. I think Hawks should have received a nomination for direction and the film should have also been nominated for cinematography. The large cast probably canceled each other out for any consideration in actor or supporting actor nominations but they put together a compelling performance. It's a great human drama. I would give this an 8.5 out of a possible 10 and recommend it.

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