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Bombardier (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 14 May 1943 (USA)
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
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Jim Carter
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Joe Connors
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Sgt. Archie Dixon
Leonard Strong ...
Japanese Officer
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Paul Harris
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Capt. Rand
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Chaplain Charlie Craig
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Instructor
Eugene L. Eubank ...
General Eubank (as Brigadier-General Eugene L. Eubank)
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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

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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

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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Knute Rockne Joins the Army Air Corps
23 February 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Pat O'Brien takes his Knute Rockne character and joins the Army Air Corps in Bombardier and he and Randolph Scott have a disagreement as far as air tactics go. Scott wants to do things as they do in the RAF where he's been an observer. Fly in low and drop bombs and avoid being shot at.

O'Brien is more interested in technology. Develop and learn how to use an accurate bombsight so you can be up around 20,000 feet and only have to worry about enemy planes which presumably your fighter escort has to deal with.

But since these guys are friends it's a good natured fight as both are in the business of training bombardiers. Among the familiar faces they train are Eddie Albert and Robert Ryan before both went in the service themselves.

Bombardier is so very dated now, but still entertaining. The advances in technology are light years beyond what O'Brien and Scott are dealing with. Film buffs who are air historians might like it though.


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