Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

Passed  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  November 1944 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 3,920 users  
Reviews: 50 user | 16 critic

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.



(screen play), (based on the book) (as Captain Ted W. Lawson) , 1 more credit »
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In order to provide information for the first air raid over Tokyo, a U.S. submarine sneaks into Tokyo Bay and places a spy team ashore.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of men at war and that of the esteemed Pulitzer prize winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Soon after the U.S. entry into World War II, Pyle joined C Company, 18th Infantry in ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Burgess Meredith, Robert Mitchum, Freddie Steele
Bataan (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Japan has just invaded the Phillipines and the US Army attempts a desperate defence. Thirteen men are chosen to blow up a bridge on the Bataan peninsula and keep the Japanese from ... See full summary »

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Lloyd Nolan
The Hunters (1958)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1952, as the Korean War rages on, American officers land in Kyoto. Among them are Major Ceve Saville, assigned to a fighter squadron, and Lieutenant Carl Abbott. The latter neglects his ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Powell
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Robert Wagner, Richard Egan
Flying Tigers (1942)
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Capt. Jim Gordon's command of the famed American mercenary fighter group in China is complicated by the recruitment of an old friend who is a reckless hotshot.

Director: David Miller
Stars: John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee
Test Pilot (1938)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Jim is a test pilot. His wife Ann and best friend Gunner try their best to keep him sober. But the life of a test pilot is anything but safe.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy
Air Force (1943)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: John Garfield, John Ridgely, Gig Young
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A dramatized account of the role of the American PT Boats in the defense of the Philippines in World War II.

Directors: John Ford, Robert Montgomery
Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed
Battleground (1949)
Action | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A biography of Navy flier-turned-screenwriter Frank W. "Spig" Wead.

Director: John Ford
Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Dan Dailey
Wake Island (1942)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

December, 1941. With no hope of relief or re-supply, a small band of United States Marines try to keep the Japanese Navy from capturing their island base.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston, Macdonald Carey


Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Murdock ...
Dean Davenport
Don DeFore ...
Charles McClure
Herbert Gunn ...
Bob Clever (as Gordon McDonald)
Ellen Lawson
Stephen McNally ...
'Doc' White (as Horace McNally)
John R. Reilly ...
'Shorty' Manch
Scott McKay ...
Davey Jones
Lieut. Randall
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Lieut. Miller
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Don Smith (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
'Brick' Holstrom


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Drama | History | War


Passed | See all certifications »





Release Date:

November 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trinta Segundos Sobre Tóquio  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Feature film debuts of Tim Murdock, Scott McKay and John R. Reilly. See more »


When the Ruptured Duck takes off from the carrier, the front of the engine cowls are dark colored. After the bomb run over Tokyo, an exterior view shows the cowls are white. See more »


Lieutenant Jacob 'Shorty' Manch: Well feed me corn and watch me grow! How did all this scum get in here?
See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo (1999) See more »


The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You
(1903) (uncredited)
Written by John Lang Sinclair
Sung by the men in the barracks
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great WWII Flick!
12 August 2004 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

I felt this was a great movie. Having read "I Could Never Be So Lucky Again" by Jimmy Doolittle, I am happy to report that the film's storyline is very much like the events actually unfolded. I thought that Vance Johnson did a great job with "Lawson" as well as his supporting cast. The special effects for the film seem to be ahead of their time. The flying, bombing, and ship sequences are very good for the 1940's. Although some of the characters may seem "campy" (especially Cpl. Thatcher) with today's movie characters, they do reflect the way that movies were made during WWII. It is nice just to see the B-25's that they used in the film since not many exist anymore. If you ever get a chance to see one in person I would suggest doing so; it really gives you a sense of what these brave men actually dealt with on a daily basis. This movie is a must see for any history buff.

13 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Only thirty seconds of action scheelj1
Attention to detail and research in movies smiley-39
Phyllis Thaxter is the most wooden actress ever seen grannyw-1
Remake? wsteph
Why Isn't this on DVD? billhgraham-1
Is this on DVD yet? jrease
Discuss Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: