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Pilot #5 (1943)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 27 January 1944 (Mexico)
In March 1942, on the island of Java, Indonesia, a Dutch major selects a pilot for a dangerous mission from the five U.S. Army airmen under his command. While waiting for word from the pilot, the others tell his life story to the major.

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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 Freddie, his long-time love. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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INTERCEPT THE APPROACHING ENEMY...and attack! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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27 January 1944 (Mexico)  »

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Destination Tokyo  »

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$486,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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This film was a success at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $174,000 ($2.52M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Freddie: He's just not your kind of people.
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Opening card: Millions of men have taken up arms to defend their freedom against the forces who would destroy it. One of these millions was George Collins. This is his story, before and after Pearl Harbor. See more »

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Reveille
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Played by a bugler to awaken the soldiers
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WW II flick with multi sub plots going on
5 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Franchot Tone, Van Johnson, and Gene Kelly star in WW II flick about an American unit, stuck with a dutch commander. This was 1943, so we had already been in the war for a couple years. Down to one plane, they must take it out and do whatever damage they can. Lots of flashbacks, as we hear everyone's story, and how they got to be here. That takes up most of the film. VERY typical WW II film. Everyone doing their part. Some fun supporting roles -- Eddie Acuff, Monte Blue, Peter Lawford. Names that would turn into bigger names a few years later. Story by David Hertz. Directed by George Sidney, who co-founded Hanna Barbera. Also directed Kiss me Kate, Bye Bye Birdie, Three Musketeers, Pal Joey, Annie get your Gun,and SO MANY other biggies. I'm surprised that Sidney never won an Oscar.. probably should have gotten a lifetime achievement award or something. This one is okay. Chugs right along, Kind of two different plots though... there's the WW II story, and the "rich versus the poor" story-line within the flashbacks. Not bad. MGM/Loews. Shows now and then on TCM.


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