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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
Tim Murdock ...
Dean Davenport
Don DeFore ...
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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John R. Reilly ...
'Shorty' Manch
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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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Drama | History | War

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November 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trinta Segundos Sobre Tóquio  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

When Lawson's plane arrives in "Tokyo" and sees the fire and smoke from the previous bomber, Davy Jones, we are not looking at a special effect. During the making of the film, there was a fuel-oil fire in Oakland, near the filming location. The quick-thinking filmmakers scrambled to fly their camera plane and B-25 through the area, capturing some very real footage for the movie. See more »

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When Lawson tries to go to his wife, you can clearly see his "amputated" leg foot and all, flail up behind him as he falls to the ground. He was only sitting on it the entire scene. See more »

Quotes

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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The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You
(1903) (uncredited)
Written by John Lang Sinclair
Sung by the men in the barracks
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Van, Spencer, And Great special effects
19 April 2000 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

Van Johnson, Spencer Tracy and a supporting cast make this movie one of the special few war films that show a naturalistic view of men in combat. Johnson is scared, confused at times, and when he's at the controls, exactly like so many pilots I know - professional. There are elements of jingoism in this film, although remarkably toned-down, certainly less than "..Colonel Blimp", a British war-time effort. Johnson is the classic middle-class guy caught up in a shooting match, same as he was in "Battleground". Some younger viewers may see the special effects as hokey, but I feel the model work was and is unsurpassed, and without any blue-screen trickery! The Hornet flight-deck scenes are amazing in the use of full size B-25's. One other note -"Japanese" are seen on screen only from a distance, curiously.


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