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Bombardier (1943)

 -  Drama | War  -  14 May 1943 (USA)
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Training of bombardiers in semi-documentary style, with personal stories and a battle climax.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eugene L. Eubank ...
General Eubank (as Brigadier-General Eugene L. Eubank)
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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 ...
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Joe Connors
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Sgt. Archie Dixon
Leonard Strong ...
Japanese Officer
Richard Martin ...
Russell Wade ...
Paul Harris
James Newill ...
Capt. Rand
John Miljan ...
Chaplain Charlie Craig
Charles Russell ...
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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

This film represents one of four movies made by Hollywood during the 1940s that were about or related to the US military's Dolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan, during World War II. The four (the first three considered "fictionalized") are Destination Tokyo (1943); The Purple Heart (1944); this film; and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), the last being the most accurate and least fictionalized of the four. See more »

Goofs

The Douglas B18's, Beechcraft AT11's and B17 aircraft all sport national markings found from May 1942 until June 1943, yet a considerable part of this film takes place before Pearl Harbor. See more »

Quotes

Eugene L. Eubank: [Closing lines voiceover] To put out fire. That is the crusade of the bombardiers, who are already building a great American tradition - a hundred thousand strong!
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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 »

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

Soundtracks

Song of the Bombardiers
(1942) (published title)
On-screen title: "Song of the U. S. Bombardiers"
Music by M.K. Jerome (as M. K. Jerome)
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played during the opening and closing credits and often in the score
Sung by the audience at the magic show
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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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