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Air Force -- Oscar-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Arthur Kennedy ("Lawrence of Arabia," "Peyton Place") stars in this exciting action/adventure about a bomber crew that battles over the Pacific in World War II.


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Dudley Nichols (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 March 1943 (USA) See more »
GIANTS OF THE SKY...blazing a trail to victory! See more »
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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Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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  (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)
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)

Additional Details

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124 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #8438) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: At the end of the movie B-17 pilots are shown preparing to attack Japan, which is 862 miles away, according to a sign. Except for Doolittle's Raid in 1942 with two-engined North American B-25 "Mitchels" off a Navy carrier, the only bombers that attacked Japan were Boeing B-29 "Superfortresses," and that was in 1944 and 1945. The B-29s flew from Saipan and Tinian, which were over 1,000 miles from mainland Japan. Americans never had airfields close enough from which B-17s could reach Japan.See more »
Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg:Fried Jap going down!See more »
I Get a Kick Out of YouSee more »


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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Another one for airplane buffs, 6 January 2007
Author: maddutchy from United States

For modern viewers, this is truly a movie for airplane buffs. How many movies can you find with early B-17s flying? I have always appreciated this movie for that purpose. Those early birds without tail guns and power turrets were all gone by wars end. This movie was made during the dark days of WWII for America and the 'D' models were still fairly new and in use stateside as training aircraft. Thankfully the producers just went to real Army Air Fields and used existing equipment. That is wonderful visual documentation for history buffs! Many 'props' were real! The Air Corps thermos bottles and the Air Crew bandoleers for pistol ammunition were great to see documented.

This was a wartime movie made in a period where we had suffered lots of defeats and few victories. The young men being sent off to war had grown up being taught not to kill their fellow humans. Most of the early war 'propaganda' films went to lengths to 'dehumanize' the enemy so that a young American entering combat would not be conflicted. This happens in all wars but is more obvious to us today due to the amount of films made during WWII. Regarding the talk of 'fifth column' work at Pearl Harbor, I believe some have missed the point of the propaganda. We have become so aware of the race issue that we miss the point made in the film. It was not so much to single out the Japanese ancestry citizens of Hawaii as to make the American people think that it wasn't our military's fault that we were caught by surprise. The theme in that scene and later on Wake Island proffered that 'our boys don't lose in an even fight'. It was to establish confidence in our military and equipment. The idea was to tell the U.S. civilian population that we couldn't lose unless stabbed in the back. Actually, much of our equipment of the time was inferior to our opponents. We also had mostly 'green' troops whereas the Japanese had a lot of combat experienced pilots and troops. It was a tough fight all the way through and our veterans deserve full credit for winning.

This movie is entertaining and a great one for airplane/history buffs who know what is 'right' and what isn't correct. Politically it is dated and must be taken in context. It is still fun to watch and worth your time.

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