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A small group of Allied soldiers and airmen on Java are being bombed by Japanese 'planes daily. With only one working fighter of their own, and five pilots anxious to fly it, the Dutch commander chooses George Collins to fly a mission to drop a 500-lb bomb on the Japanese carrier lying offshore. As the flight progresses, the commander asks the other pilots to tell him about George. They recount his rise from brilliant law student, through the time he became involved in the corrupt machine of his state's Governor, and his attempts to redeem himself, both in his own eyes, and in Fredie, his long-time love. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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27 January 1944 (Mexico)  »

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Destination Tokyo  »

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The Filmmakers used the facilities at Cal-Aero Aviation Training School, Riverside, California for the wartime sequence. See more »

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Pilot # 5 was a pretty entertaining World War II drama
13 April 2016 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

This title caught my eye at my local library when I found out Gene Kelly was one of the stars and this was one of his few straight roles-the kind not having him singing and dancing. He's not the lead, though, instead that goes to one Franchot Tone with the leading lady being Marsha Hunt. Anyway, Tone plays a fighter pilot among 5 of them, of which Kelly is also one, who gets chosen to destroy a Japanese carrier during World War II. Before that happens, we find out through reminiscences of Kelly and the others-among whom also includes Van Johnson, early in his career-what made Tone the way he is. I'll stop there and just say this was quite a compact (only 71 minutes) but entertaining drama that I just watched. The director was George Sidney on one of his early features after initially helming many of the M-G-M-produced-only "Our Gang" shorts. He'd eventually make a lot of successful movies for the studio like Thousands Cheer, Anchors Aweigh, and The Three Musketeers ('48 version), all of which would subsequently also star Gene Kelly.


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