Bombardier (1943)

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


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


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 <>

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See the bombing of Tokyo before your very eyes!


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14 May 1943 (USA)  »

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19° stormo bombardieri  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Martin plays a character named "Chito Rafferty". He appeared as Tim Holt's sidekick, Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustemonte Rafferty, in Holt's RKO series of "B" westerns in the 1940s and 1950s. See more »


During training when the flare gets stuck, everyone refers it as being 'stuck on the tail' yet it's actually stuck on the tail landing gear. See more »


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 »


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


You're In The Army Now
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Melody included in "Song of the Bombardiers"
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Informative, but poorly made.
24 May 2007 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

"Bombardier" is a film that shows you about some pretty interesting things that I haven't seen in any other films. It shows the strict precautions that the military took to keep the Norton bomb sight secret for one thing. It shows the soldiers swearing to protect the top secret information that they have been given about the bomb sight with their life, and also shows the arrest of a soldier who attempts to sell the information. It also shows a lot about the training of the soldiers in bombardier school. The film is introduced by a real U.S. brigadier general, who explains a bit about what we are about to see. There is a beautiful scene in which a one of the cadets explains to the Randolph Scott character and the chaplain that he feels guilty about learning skills that he will use to kill people, and Randolph Scott tells him about the necessity of fighting for the cause they are fighting for. Then the chaplain puts his hands on the young man's shoulders and tells him a prayer that comforts him.

There is also some stupid Hollywood stuff thrown right in with it. Apparently the filmmakers thought that a film that showed you about how the military was protecting the world from the Axis wouldn't be interesting enough without two of the main characters clashing in bitter conflict with each other throughout the film. It's unnecessary and distracting. There is also a painfully unrealistic scene in which many of the soldiers, who are at a magic show, all stand up when the show is over for no particular reason and sing the "bombardier" song-no one would have stood up and done that at the end of a magic show in public. Another flaw of this film is its clichéd portrayal of Hispanic people-one of the soldiers named Chito Rafferty (a Mexican-American) is portrayed as a complete fool, and it is a shame to see the prejudice held toward these people come out in movies of the time. Plus some goofy stuff that just comes out as dumb, rather than funny.

So it's a mixed bag with good points and bad points that, in all, add up to about a 5/10 star film. If you want to see some better films made about World War II that were made during the war itself, check out "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" and "So Proudly We Hail!", both of which are excellent films that are still powerful today.

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