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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 ...
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
James Newill ...
Capt. Rand
John Miljan ...
Chaplain Charlie Craig
Charles Russell ...
Instructor
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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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 May 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bombardier  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "American" bomb sight mentioned throughout the movie was the Norden bomb sight whose secret was almost as closely guarded as the development of the atomic bomb. It used a mechanical computer and linkage to the plane's autopilot to achieve an accuracy of hitting with 75 feet of the target from an altitude of 12000 feet. All members of the bomber's crew were ordered to destroy the sight at all costs if the plane was going to crash. Many ships carried a hand grenade to place under the sight to assure total destruction. It was used as late as 1967 to drop sensors along the Ho Chi Minh trail in Viet Nam. See more »

Goofs

Right after Capt. Oliver misses the target with his dive bomber (before the precision bombing demonstration), he is shown in the cockpit saying something but no sound is heard. 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

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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For its genre, this is a pretty good flick
6 September 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

There were a lot of films made by Hollywood during the war years that were designed to drum up support for our troops from the public. Seen today, some might dismiss them or just see them as propaganda--which they technically are, but of a positive sort and meant to unify the nation. This film is a pretty effective and entertaining example of the genre--having a pretty realistic script and good production values. Pat O'Brien plays pretty much the same character he played in MANY other films (you know, the tough-talking, hard-driven but "swell guy"). Randolph Scott is, as always, competent and entertaining and the rest of the extras are excellent (look for a young Robert Ryan as one of the bombardiers in training). While the story is reminiscent of several other movies about our pilots and crews, the film is well-crafted enough to make it interesting and not too far-fetched. That it, perhaps, except for the very end--where the film is a bit over-the-top but also VERY satisfying. About the only serious negative, and this is mostly for nitpickers, is that some of the stock footage is somewhat sloppily integrated in the film and "nuts" like me who are both history teachers and airplane lovers will probably notice this--all others probably won't notice.


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