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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
Richard Martin ...
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Paul Harris
James Newill ...
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

The word "Hell" is drowned out with various sound effects each time an actor says it. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie Capt. Buck Scott's (Randolph Scott) plane is shot down. As the plane is going down, the bombardier, Joe Connors (Robert Ryan), must destroy the bomb sight. In one scene, he pulls a .45 semi-auto (M1911), cocks it, and fires one shot. In a subsequent scene, he fires multiple shots but he is now shown firing a revolver. This most likely is because blanks fired from a semi-automatic generally do not have enough energy to "cycle" the weapon in order to chamber another round (thus, one shot and done). A revolver firing blanks has no such limitation. 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 »

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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Richard Martin as Chito Rafferty
21 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Richard Martin first played Chito Rafferty in this movie World War 2 movie. He would go on to play that same character 32 times, mostly in Tim Holt Westerns, but he did play it twice along side Robert Mitchem in Nevada and West of the Pecos. The Chito Rafferty character also appeared alongside James Warren in Wanderer of the Wasteland. One wonders how a character that first appeared in a modern war flick ended up being a longtime sidekick in Westerns. Interestingly, the second time Martin played his famous character was not with Tim Holt, but with Robert Mitchum in Nevada. It would not be until 1947, that the Rafferty character appeared alongside cowboy star Tim Holt in Wild Horse Mesa.


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