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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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Many cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Landlady Sara Haden, Military Policemen Jim Davis and Cliff Danielson, Party Girls Jacqueline White, Marilyn Maxwell, Betty Jaynes and Marie Windsor, Boat Owner Hobart Cavanaugh, Carhops Helen Thurston and Frances Rafferty, Lieutenant James Millican, and Defense Instructor John Dilson. A modern source lists Ava Gardner as a cast member, but she was not seen either. See more »

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WWII propaganda film
15 October 2004 | by (Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

I was a little surprised to see Gene Kelly in this WWII drama. The film is one long flashback. It's not bad, but nothing out of the ordinary. If you like WWII propaganda films, this is decent. The story is about a lawyer with some personal problems and how he ends up in the services as a pilot. It's more drama than war film. The plot is a bit sappy at times and just generic, war hero stuff, but if that's your cup of tea, you'll like it just fine. The flashback portions remind me a bit of the Mel Gibson/Sissy Spacek film "The River."

Gene Kelly only has a supporting role and no, this is not a musical. The performances are generally quite good all around.


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