Training of bombardiers in semi-documentary style, with personal stories and a battle climax.

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Cast

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Maj. Chick Davis
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Capt. Buck Oliver
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Burton Hughes
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Tom Hughes
Walter Reed ...
Jim Carter
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Joe Connors
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Sgt. Archie Dixon
Leonard Strong ...
Japanese Officer
Richard Martin ...
Russell Wade ...
Paul Harris
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Capt. Rand
John Miljan ...
Chaplain Charlie Craig
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Instructor
Eugene L. Eubank ...
General Eubank (as Brigadier-General Eugene L. Eubank)
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Storyline

Major Chick Davis proves to the U.S. Army the superiority of high altitude precision bombing, and establishes a school for bombardiers. Training is followed in semi-documentary style, with personal dramas in subplots. The climax is a spectacular, if somewhat jingoistic, battle sequence. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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See the bombing of Tokyo before your very eyes!

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Drama | War

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14 May 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

19° stormo bombardieri  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca started the film, but he was replaced by Joseph F. Biroc, who finished the picture uncredited. See more »

Goofs

When Major Oliver's airplane is shot up over Japan and he orders everyone to abandon ship, his bombardier, Joe Collins (Robert Ryan) takes out a Colt M1911 pistol and shoots the bombsight. The airplane is hit and he is thrown to one side. He straightens up and proceeds to shoot the bombsight again, only he is now holding a revolver. See more »

Quotes

Burton Hughes: You're quite an entomologist.
Sgt. Archie Dixon: Nope! But I know all about bugs.
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Crazy Credits

Brigadier General Eugene L. Eubank is billed first because he is credited in the forward before any cast is mentioned, and he is not listed in the comprehensive end credits. See more »

Connections

References Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

You're In The Army Now
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Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Melody included in "Song of the Bombardiers"
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Typical WWII propaganda film
25 July 2007 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Basically a typical propaganda film for the last good war. But there were a couple things that struck me. First was the use of mouthed epithets. In two cases the Scott character mouths one, once at the beginning when he drops his bomb off target during the bomb-off ("dammit") and once when he is trying to sway a bombardier into being a pilot ("s*%t"). I could be wrong about the second instance but I replayed it several times and that's what it looks like to me. The third case is when the Anne Shirley character wishes the O'Brien character goodbye and good luck ("Give 'em hell") over the roar of the engines. She must have thought that was too unladylike because she clearly says "heck". I also found interesting the character that has moral problems with bombing, specifically bombing civilians. The avuncular superior officer assures him that only military targets will be hit due to the precision of the bombsight used. Given what we know about the LeMay's later strategy of firebombing Japanese cities into oblivion this scene plays with not a little irony. I remember McNamara's quoting of LeMay in "The Fog of War", something to the effect that if the US did not win the conflict he would be tried as a war criminal. The ending is way overwrought, in keeping with the movie. It reminded me a bit of the end of White Heat (I'm not comparing the films, just the ending!). Maybe it's just 'cause he gets blowed up. Blowed up real good!!!


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