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Release Date:
19 June 1945 (USA) See more »
"Rick" is on the Screen ! The Gripping . . . Exciting Story of America's First Ace of Aces !
WWI flyer Eddie Rickenbaker remembers his life which brought him from a car salesman, race driver and pilot in WWI... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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A real bomb, dreadfully bad in every way possible. See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

Fred MacMurray ... Captain Edward Rickenbacker

Lynn Bari ... Adelaide Frost Rickenbacker

Charles Bickford ... William Rickenbacker

Thomas Mitchell ... Ike Howard

Lloyd Nolan ... Lt. Jim Whittaker

James Gleason ... Tom Clark
Mary Philips ... Elsie Rickenbacker

Darryl Hickman ... Eddie Rickenbacker as a boy

Spring Byington ... Mrs. Frost

Richard Conte ... Pvt. John Bartek

Charles Russell ... Sgt. Jim Reynolds

Richard Crane ... Capt. Bill Cherry
Stanley Ridges ... Col. Hans Adamson

Clem Bevans ... Jabez

Grady Sutton ... Lester Thomas

Chick Chandler ... Richard Lacey

Dwayne Hickman ... Louis Rickenbacker
Nancy June Robinson ... Mary Rickenbacker
Winifred Glyn ... Emma Rickenbacker
Gregory Marshall ... Dewey Rickenbacker (as Gregory Muradian)
David Spencer ... Albert Rickenbacker
Elvin Field ... Bill Rickenbacker
George Mitchell ... Lt. Johnny De Angelis
Boyd Davis ... Mr. Frost
Don Garner ... Sgt. Alex
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Westrom
Joseph J. Greene ... Dinkenspiel
Olin Howland ... Census Taker (as Olin Howlin)
Robert Malcolm ... Mr. Foley
Leila McIntyre ... Mrs. Foley
Harry Shannon ... Simmons
Virginia Brissac ... Flo Clark
Peter Garey ... Freddie
Fred Essler ... Prof. Montague
Lotte Stein ... Mme. Montagne
Earle S. Dewey ... Dr. Campbell (as Earle Dewey)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Kitchel ... Flight officer

Dorothy Adams ... Nurse (uncredited)
Ed Allen ... Black Man (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Serious Man (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Policeman (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Heckler (uncredited)
John Davidson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Marvin Davis ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)

John Dehner ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)

Joe Devlin ... Brewery Worker (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... MacFarland (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ... Nurse (uncredited)
William Forrest ... (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Pat Gleason ... Reporter (uncredited)
Vincent Graeff ... Boy (uncredited)

Reed Hadley ... News Announcer (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... (uncredited)
Van Allen James ... Soldier (uncredited)
Ray Johnson ... Photographer (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Anne Loos ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Tommy Mack ... Waiter (uncredited)

Paul Marion ... (uncredited)
Peter Michael ... Charlie (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... (uncredited)
William Newell ... (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Reporter (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Shelby (uncredited)
Orville Race ... Singer (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... French General (uncredited)
Leon Tyler ... Boy (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Workman (uncredited)

Directed by
Lloyd Bacon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Tucker Battle 

Produced by
Winfield R. Sheehan .... producer
Christy Walsh .... associate producer
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald  (as Joe MacDonald)
Film Editing by
James B. Clark 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
René Hubert 
Makeup Department
Dick Smith .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Saul Wurtzel .... assistant director
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... special sound effects (as Harry Leonard)
Special Effects by
Sol Halperin .... special photographic effects
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Ralph Hammeras .... miniatures (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Shearman .... second camera
Irving Rosenberg .... second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator
Emil Newman .... musical director
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Murray Spivack .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Frances C. Richardson .... research director (uncredited)

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

The film's premiere was held in Eddie Rickenbacker's home town of Columbus, OH, at The Ohio Theatre on August 1, 1945. In attendance were 20th Century-Fox stars Carole Landis, Peggy Ann Garner, James Dunn and Lloyd Nolan, along with Ohio politicians Congressman Jerry Voorhis, Mayor of Columbus Jim Rhodes and Gov. Frank Lausche.See more »


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9 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A real bomb, dreadfully bad in every way possible., 9 January 2001

This is a travesty of a film. Purporting to be a biography of WWI flying ace, Eddie Rickenbacker, it is one of the most ill-conceived, poorly written, directed and acted films in movie history. We see only a three minute montage of Rickenbacker in WWI aerial action. The rest is couched in two tediously long flashbacks covering his childhood desire to fly and master machinery and his youthful romancing of his wife to be while he is involved in improving the automobile. The cast tries to behave as if they are about something important but the script is a mess, there is no point of view and everything in it is both fictionalized and unimaginative. Incredibly boring and worthy of being "lost." Inexplicably, the Academy nominated it for Special Effects which consist of one sequence less than a minute long in the beginning of a plane crash landing in the ocean and eventually sinking. Big deal- this film should have been honored with nothing and deserves its oblivion.

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