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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 overview, first billed only:
Technical Sergeant Immanuel T. Evans
Captain George Washington Bellpepper Lee
Major George Rockton
Lieutenant Ansel Goldberg
Major Desmond Lansing
Colonel Earnest Haley
Major Belding Davis


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 »


Action | Drama | War


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Release Date:

February 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sublime decisión  »


Box Office


$3,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,901,000, 31 December 1948

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,685,000, 31 December 1948
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This movie is often compared to Twelve O'Clock High (1949), as both black-and-white movies were released within a year of one another and examined World War II American Air Forces operations predominantly at the ground level (i.e. on an American air base) and with a limited amount of aerial combat action in both films. See more »


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 »


Elmer Brockhurst: [after leaving a briefing] 'Key industrial objectives!' Henh! A fine comfort for a lot of new widows back home!
James Carwood: What do you suppose is there, Brockie? Is there any one target in Germany worth 48 bombers?
Elmer Brockhurst: Worth it to whom?
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An actor's movie...
31 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Command Decision" is a wonderful film filled with several great performances. It's Gable's movie, but he's very capably supported by Walter Pigeon, Brian Donlevy and John Hodiak, who nearly equals his "Lifeboat" performance.

Pigeon is especially good in the roll of a senior commander who is more concerned with the political considerations of the war effort than the tactical and strategic goals. (Not without reason - The film correctly details the perilous and tenuous position that the 8th Air Force found itself in during the worst combat period of 1943.)

One of the best scenes in the film is a very long speech given by Pigeon, wherein he explains his reasons for fighting the good fight to keep American air power strong. The scene is a good 6 or 7 minutes long, one camera shot, entirely done without cuts. It must have been rehearsed extensively as it requires about 10 actors to interact with Pigeon at several times, all the while he is moving about the room. Seamless, and very well done! This remarkable scene is followed up with one almost as long, given by Gable.

The drama is occasionally broken up with comic moments provided by Van Johnson, as a savvy sergeant, and Clinton Sunberg as a fastidious aide to Pigeon's General Kane.

If you like to watch actors banging away with words instead of guns, this is the war movie for you.

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