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Command Decision (1948)

Passed | | Action, Drama, War | February 1949 (USA)
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

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Technical Sergeant Immanuel T. Evans
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Brigadier General Clifton I. Garnet
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Elmer Brockhurst
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Colonel Edward Rayton Martin
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Captain George Washington Bellpepper Lee
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Major George Rockton
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Lieutenant Ansel Goldberg
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Major Homer V. Prescott
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Major Desmond Lansing
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Colonel Earnest Haley
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Major Belding Davis
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Congressman Stone
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Storyline

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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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

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Action | Drama | War

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Passed | See all certifications »
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February 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sublime decisión  »

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Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Friday 16 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 2) followed by New York City Saturday 1 December 1956, when it was selected to launch the long awaited and much heralded MGM film library on WCBS (Channel 2) and by Minneapolis Saturday 15 December 1956 on KMGM (Channel 9); it first aired in Chicago 2 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 5 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and in San Francisco on 12 April 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

When Casey is wondering about the weather for the third straight day of maximum effort, he tells his staff to keep him informed with weather updates. But when he does so, his lips don't move. See more »

Quotes

Brig. Gen. K.C. 'Casey' Dennis: There's no room in this job for a personal slant, Cliff.
Brig. Gen. Clifton I. Garnet: He told me he was going to be married.
Brig. Gen. K.C. 'Casey' Dennis: Yes, I know. You can only hope you don't have to kill him before he does. It's your baby, Cliff. I found out long ago to let the chaplain handle those. He's our laison with the headquarters that decides that.
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A highly intelligent film from a lost age.
3 December 2005 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

I found an old tape of Command Decision which I must have made 20 years ago. I concur with all those who have said that it is one of the best WW2 films ever made, but what struck me most forcefully was the fact that this highly intelligent, gripping and thoughtful film was made with a large crew of established filmstars by a completely commercial film studio. It brought home to me forcibly what was lost when the old studio system broke up and the sheer craftsmanship which it embodied was dispersed. The sheer childishness of most current films becomes even more evident.

Writing as one who lived through the bombing of Britain, the historical perspective on the Allied wartime bombing campaign was fascinating. One small complaint--all film coverage of the American campaign in WW2 seems to focus on the Flying Fortress. Actually, most of the bombs were dropped by the Consolidated Liberator squadrons--less photogenic but more effective!


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