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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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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:
An Air power picture that fits the mood of the time it was made.. 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)

Additional Details

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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:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #8438) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The aircraft used to play "Mary Ann" was a B-17B, one of 19 that had the gunners' bubbles replaced by the flush gun positions of the B-17C and B-17D. This aircraft MAY have been aircraft 38-583 or possibly 39-010. Also, aircraft "18" in the movie is 38-269. Pause the scenes where John Ridgely has walked in front of the daytime flight line with numbers "18" and "05" in the back ground, and, as he is talking to the crew in the bombay, look through the gap between the bomb bay door and the fuselage: as you pause and forward frame-by-frame, you will see the tail of "18" just barely enough to see the numbers "8269" showing! This means that aircraft "18" is actually B-17B 38-269.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the Wake Island scene, the dog's trainer can be heard giving the animal commands to kiss George Tobias.See more »
Quotes:
Sgt. Joe Winocki:[overhearing the Pearl Harbor attack on the radio] Hey, Peterson, who you got tuned in, Orson Welles?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I Get a Kick Out of YouSee more »

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26 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
An Air power picture that fits the mood of the time it was made.., 2 August 2001
Author: yenlo from Auburn, Me

One of the great things about motion pictures in this country is how they change with the times. Take this picture for example which came out in 1943. The U.S. was in the thick of the war and this was a film like many made during that time to stir patriotic fever and make Americans "hate the evil yellow enemy" (and the Nazis too!). It's full of everything to make the viewer feel good about our boys who are doing the fighting. A B-17 bomber crew where there seems to be no problems, only the desire to "Shoot down Japs" Now go forward about six years to 1949 and "Twelve O'Clock High" and watch that film about B-17 Bomber Crews. Could "Air Force" have cut it with movie goers any time after 1946? Could "Twelve O'Clock High" have made it with a 1943 audience? Probably not. So watch this picture and remember when it came out and what the mood in this country was and you'll truly enjoy it. Also don't forget to see "Twelve O'Clock High" as well, maybe right after seeing this one.

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