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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

Passed  -  Drama | History | War  -  November 1944 (USA)
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In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland.

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David Thatcher
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Charles McClure
Herbert Gunn ...
Bob Clever (as Gordon McDonald)
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Ellen Lawson
Stephen McNally ...
'Doc' White (as Horace McNally)
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'Shorty' Manch
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Bob Gray
Scott McKay ...
Davey Jones
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Lieut. Randall
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Lieut. Miller
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Don Smith (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
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'Brick' Holstrom
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The amazingly detailed true story of "The Doolittle Raid" based on the personal account by Doolittle Raider Ted Lawson. Stunned by Pearl Harbor and a string of defeats, America needed a victory - badly. To that end, Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, a former air racer and stunt pilot, devises a plan for a daring raid on the heart of Japan itself. To do this, he must train army bomber pilots to do something no one ever dreamed possible - launch 16 fully loaded bombers from an aircraft carrier! Remarkable in its accuracy, this movie even uses film footage from the actual raid. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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Heart-Warming Romance . . . Stark, Sensational Drama! Thrills! Action! Adventure! ...Ripped From The Heart!

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Trinta Segundos Sobre Tóquio  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

According to the documentary Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988), for this movie, the MGM studio recreated the section of an air craft carrier flat top on a sound stage large enough to fit four genuine B25 bomber planes whilst a whole sixty foot miniature was also built, placed in the studio tank doubling as the ocean. Moreover, this special effects Academy Award winning movie utilized model planes, hydraulic jacks, wires, motors, pulleys, and a miniature model of Tokyo used to show the bombing of that city with mini explosions. See more »

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The 3-pointed pinwheel (called a "triskelion") shoulder patches worn by the B-25 crewmen are those of the Air Force Combat Command, a renaming in June 1941 of the former "General Headquarters Air Force" (an air force, not a headquarters) to administer all combat flying units stationed in the continental United States. On February 23, 1942, while the raiders were still in training, the AAF adopted a new "winged star" patch (the "Hap Arnold patch") to replace the pinwheel patch. The raiders arrived in Florida two weeks before the change was adopted. However the new patch should have been worn by the time the raiders flew to Oakland in the film. See more »

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Lieutenant Jacob 'Shorty' Manch: Well feed me corn and watch me grow! How did all this scum get in here?
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The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You
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Written by John Lang Sinclair
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The Best War Film of World War TWo
10 September 1999 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

This is the true story of Jimmy Doolittle's raid over Tokyo in April of 1942, which lead directly to the battle of Midway, the turning point of the war in the Pacific. It is told through the eyes of pilot Ted Lawson and his crew, and was based on his real life account of his experiences. Van Johnson does a fine job as Lawson, and he gets great support from the remainder of the cast. The scenes on board the USS Hornet, the carrier, and the bombing of Japan, are especially good and absorbing. Most of all, this excellent movie evokes 1942 and the war, at home behind the lines and over Tokyo itself, better than any movie of its era. And the emotional farewell of the pilots and their wives was particularly touching. See it.


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