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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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Don Smith (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
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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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Trivia

The MGM composer Herbert Stothart quotes the catchy title song from the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway musical "Oklahoma" a number of times in his background score for this 1944 film. As none of the fliers came from that state, no one has ever determined whether it was a bit of unconscious plagiarism on his part, or a subliminal tribute to Americana. One of the 80 fliers in the Doolittle Raid was indeed from Oklahoma. He was Robert J. Stephens, born February 28, 1915, in Hobart, Oklahoma. See more »

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After first landing at Eglin Field, from the pilot's seat, Lawson is speaking to another pilot on the ground. In this scene, the propeller blade visible to Lawson's left is almost parallel to the ground and the tip is close to the fuselage. In the next scene from the ground, the propeller blade is at a much higher angle. See more »

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Ellen Lawson: Oh, Ted, I'm going to write you a letter every day you're gone. I know they won't deliver them. I won't even mail them, but I'm going to write them anyway. That way we'll kind of be in touch. That way we'll feel close.
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Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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The Star-Spangled Banner
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Written by Francis Scott Key
Sung in Chinese by students
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Great Classic
8 June 2001 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Forget the schlocky fictions of Bruckheimer and Bay's PEARL HARBOR with its footnoted version of the Doolittle raid. If you want to see a more detailed, realistic, historical as well as romanticized version of the Pearl Harbor "pay back," see this one. It is the classic MGM treatment with a skilled cast including Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson.

If you do see PEARL HARBOR, rent this one too so you can see how to tell a real romance set against a historical event. And if you want the full picture of how the Doolittle raid was made possible, see DESTINATION TOKYO, the film telling the story of the submarine that snuck into Tokyo bay to help guide the bombers over the city.


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