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Victory Through Air Power (1943)

An animated documentary promoting of the soundness of strategic aerial bombing in World War II.

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(book) (as Maj. Alexander P. Seversky), (story direction) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alexander de Seversky ...
Himself (as Major Alexander P. de Seversky)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Art Baker ...
Narrator (voice)
Billy Mitchell ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

This is a unique film in Disney Production's history. This film is essentially a propaganda film selling Major Alexander de Seversky's theories about the practical uses of long range strategic bombing. Using a combination of animation humorously telling about the development of air warfare, the film switches to the Major illustrating his ideas could win the war for the allies. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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There's a Thrill in the Air!


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17 July 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vitória Pela Força Aérea  »

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$788,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Alexander de Seversky worried that he was unable to both speak and hit his marks simultaneously, director H.C. Potter reminded him of all that he had had to do from his flying days and told him, in a mock Russian accent, to "diwide the attention." Seversky loved that so much that it became a signal word when filming began; whenever shooting was about to begin, the crew would shout, "Diwide the attention!" See more »

Goofs

The film claims the German's used air power to break through the Maginot line to conquer France. In reality, the German forces avoided directly engaging the Line and instead completely circumvented it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Billy Mitchell: Today, a war is very different than the last European war was. Now air power is the dominant feature of military operations. Air power can fly directly to the vital centers of an opposing state and neutralize them. It can destroy the cities, it can wreck the aqueducts, it can knock out the lines of communication, it can destroy the food supplies, and make the people helpless to resist.
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Connections

Featured in The Missing Person (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(uncredited)
aka "The Red, White, and Blue"
Music by Thomas A. Beckett
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A Product of Its Time
12 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Disney like most other Americans in the early 1940s wanted to find some way to contribute to the war effort short of actually fighting. This film - along with the other wartime shorts on the DVD that contains it

  • stems from that impulse.




On one level, the film is meant to educate general audience in the scenarios of the history of flight, aerial combat and the (then) global crisis regarding the Allies vs. the Axis powers.

It does its job, entertaining when possible, affirming destruction and American/Allied dominance at critical points.

During my most recent viewing of it, I found that it almost seemed to make the case for nuclear warfare. Not outright, mind you, but through its continued emphasis of how Allied airstrikes, because of their remote points of origin, can/could not possibly inflict enough damage to Axis supply lines to shut them down. The film and its military authority Major Seversky propose that long range bombers are the answer
  • after which a presumably innovative animated version of just such a


long range bomber is shown on screen: its long, clumsy-looking, with several large gunwales pointing out all over the plane's body. After seeing that, i could only surmise that military officials of the 1940s saw the folly in trying to build bigger and better airships to do in the Axis. Instead, per the film's rhetoric, the more logical solution seems/seemed to be: "Forget about trying to send a volley of superplanes; instead, send only one plane - but design its cargo to deliver Armageddon!"


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