Command Decision (1948)

Passed  |   |  War, Drama  |  February 1949 (USA)
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Army generals struggle with the decision to prioritize bombing the German factories producing new jet fighters over the extremely high casualties the mission will cost.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tech. Sgt. Immanuel T. Evans
Brig. Gen. Clifton I. Garnet
Elmer Brockhurst
Col. Edward Rayton Martin
Capt. George Washington Bellpepper Lee
Richard Quine ...
Maj. George Rockton
Lt. Ansel Goldberg
Clinton Sundberg ...
Maj. Homer V. Prescott
Maj. Desmond Lansing
Warner Anderson ...
Col. Earnest Haley
Maj. Belding Davis
Moroni Olsen ...
Congressman Stone


General Dennis of the US Force in England in World War II finds that he must order his planes deeper and deeper into Germany to prevent the production of military jet planes that will turn the tide of battle to the Germans. He must fight congressmen, and his own chain of command to win the political battle before he can send his planes out. His problem is complicated by a very narrow window of good weather necessary to allow his effort to be successful. Adapted from a stage play, it attempts to look at the challenges of command in the political arena. Written by John Vogel <>

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Heroes, cowards, fighters, braggarts, liars...and what goes on in their hearts!


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Release Date:

February 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De flög i gryningen  »

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$3,700,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film utilized original black-and-white archive footage from World War II. However, no actual combat footage is seen except for the opening sequence set around the opening credits. Predominantly, the archival footage used was of air base mission planning and aerial landings and take-offs. See more »


When Van Johnson is in Gable's office alone in the very beginning of the film, someone comes in and gives him a model plane and he places it on a shelf behind him. However, when Gable comes in soon afterwards the shelf is empty. See more »


Congressman Arthur Malcolm: But it seems to me our boys are paying a pretty bloody price for General Dennis' record!
Congressman Stone: Arthur!
Brig. Gen. K.C. 'Casey' Dennis: Arthur, they're paying a price for the country's record.
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This is among Gable's very best
9 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best WW2 movies. The acting and writing are superb and rather subdued at that. With Clark Gable you expect BIG ACTING AND BIG ACTION but in this one he does a very credible job portraying a very troubled man who is put in charge of the bombing campaign against the Germans. So, this movie is a bit of a stretch for the usually glib Gable, as it focuses on the emotional toll of war.

The movie is VERY similar to the great 12 O'Clock High (starring Gregory Peck). 12 O'Clock is a slightly better movie (and it gives Peck more room to hash out his character as the man in charge of sending airmen to their deaths), though they are so good I recommend seeing both.

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