Documentary-style drama on training of aerial rear gunners in World War II. Private PeeWee Williams, a Kansas farm boy, transforms his home-grown shooting skills into those necessary to an aerial gunner in the tail turret of: an American bomber. Written by
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There are two versions of this film: One that lists cast members Burgess Meredith and Ronald Reagan normally, and one that lists them as "Lieutenant Burgess Meredith" and "Lieutenant Ronald Reagan". See more »
The gunnery schools are always on the lookout for men short on height but long on ambition.
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"A short film bout a B-17 gunner starring Burgess Meredith and Ronald Reagan. Approximately 20 minutes - B & W."
I guess, back in 1943, you were supposed to join the armed forces after seeing this short film. It's pretty much a recruitment film. Meredith plays a stuttering soldier who finds his place as a rear gunner aboard a B-17. Ronald Reagan plays the part of the pilot.
I found this film on a DVD of WWII films that I bought at Wal-Mart for about five dollars.
It's a great film to make fun of with your friends. Just imagine all the lines from Rocky and Grumpy Old Men that you can quote while watching Meredith shoot down Japanese fighters over the Pacific.
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