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Director:
Writers:
William R. Laidlaw (screenplay) and
George Froeschel (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
February 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Heroes, cowards, fighters, braggarts, liars...and what goes on in their hearts!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Make a "Command Decision" and watch this movie! See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... Brig. Gen. K.C. 'Casey' Dennis

Walter Pidgeon ... Maj. Gen. Roland Goodlow Kane

Van Johnson ... Tech. Sgt. Immanuel T. Evans

Brian Donlevy ... Brig. Gen. Clifton I. Garnet

Charles Bickford ... Elmer Brockhurst
John Hodiak ... Col. Edward Rayton Martin

Edward Arnold ... Congressman Arthur Malcolm

Marshall Thompson ... Capt. George Washington Bellpepper Lee
Richard Quine ... Maj. George Rockton

Cameron Mitchell ... Lt. Ansel Goldberg
Clinton Sundberg ... Maj. Homer V. Prescott

Ray Collins ... Maj. Desmond Lansing
Warner Anderson ... Col. Earnest Haley

John McIntire ... Maj. Belding Davis
Moroni Olsen ... Congressman Stone
John Ridgely ... James Carwood
Michael Steele ... Capt. Lucius Malcolm Jenks
Edward Earle ... Congressman Watson
Mack Williams ... Lt. Col. Virgil Jackson
James Millican ... Maj. Garrett Davenport
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lane Allan ... Officer (uncredited)
Joel Allen ... Lt. Colonel (uncredited)
George Backus ... Cook (uncredited)
Gregg Barton ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Jack Bonigul ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William Cabanne ... Flyer (uncredited)
John Cannon ... Officer (uncredited)
Campbell Copelin ... Correspondent (uncredited)
Bruce Cowling ... Operations Officer (uncredited)
Bob Cunningham ... Officer (uncredited)
James Dale ... Operations Sergeant (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ... Flyer (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... Correspondent (uncredited)
Dennis Dengate ... Flyer (uncredited)
Tay Dunn ... Major (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Congressman (uncredited)
Don Garner ... Flyer (uncredited)
Don Haggerty ... Command Officer (uncredited)
Henry Hall ... Congressman (uncredited)

Alvin Hammer ... Machine Shop Sergeant Cahill (uncredited)
Tom Handley ... Correspondent (uncredited)
Clarke Hardwicke ... Flyer (uncredited)
Carey Harrison ... Staff Officer (uncredited)
Holmes Herbert ... Chairman (uncredited)
David Holt ... Lt. Nelson (voice) (uncredited)
James Horne Jr. ... Young Officer (uncredited)
Robin Hughes ... R.A.F. Officer (uncredited)
John James ... Officer (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Marten Lamont ... R.A.F. Officer (uncredited)
Billy Lechner ... Operations Sergeant (uncredited)
William F. Leicester ... Parker - the Chauffeur (uncredited)
Peter Martin ... Command Sergeant (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Staff Officer (uncredited)
John McGuire ... Fly Control Officer (uncredited)
Bill McIvor ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)
George Melford ... Correspondent (uncredited)
John Michaels ... Flyer (uncredited)
Bob Milton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Staff Officer (uncredited)
William Murphy ... Flyer (uncredited)
Bill Neff ... Flyer (uncredited)

Barry Nelson ... Cumquat B-Baker Crewman (voice) (uncredited)
David Newell ... Staff Officer (uncredited)
William Nind ... Staff Officer (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... G.I. Waiter (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Correspondent (uncredited)
Robert Seiter ... Control Officer (uncredited)
Tony Shaw ... Officer in Tower (uncredited)
Robin Short ... Guard (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith ... Photographer (uncredited)
Buddy Swan ... Flyer (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Walsh ... Photographer (uncredited)
Douglas Walton ... Englishman on Loudspeaker (voice) (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Control Officer (uncredited)
Steve Wayne ... Command Sergeant (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Photographer (uncredited)
Jimmy Zahner ... Flyer (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Wood 
 
Writing credits
William R. Laidlaw (screenplay) and
George Froeschel (screenplay)

William Wister Haines (play)

Produced by
Sidney Franklin .... producer
Gottfried Reinhardt .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson 
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Urie McCleary 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sid Sidman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack D. Moore .... associate set decorator
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Brock .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Hubbell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Lloyd Isbell .... grip (uncredited)
Bert Kopperl .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Martin .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kermit Bloomgarden .... stage producer
Leslie H. Martinson .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
112 min
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Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #13274)

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Trivia:
The "Lantze-Wolf 1" referred to in the movie is actually a Messerschmitt ME-262 "Schwalbe" turbojet fighter, introduced in combat in 1944.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[Standing next to a B-17 starting up]
Col. Edward Rayton Martin:Well... see you later.
[Col. Martin runs to get aboard the bomber]
Col. Edward Rayton Martin:Keep your temper with the big wheels!
Brig. Gen. K.C. 'Casey' Dennis:What?
Col. Edward Rayton Martin:I said; keep your temper with the big wheels! I don't want to get back and find you with a Legion of Merit and a ticket home!
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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Make a "Command Decision" and watch this movie!, 21 August 2001
Author: Lynn-76 from Columbus, Ohio

"Command Decision" is based on a stage play, so scenes of aerial combat are not to be found in the movie. This is a major difference between it and "Twelve O'clock High," released a year later in 1949, and which presented a more engaging, gritty, realistic motion picture of aerial combat and the toll it takes on the airmen and their support teams and commanders on the ground.

"Command Decision" tells a story of WWII air warfare from the point of view generals, politicians and the press, and the process of making a military decision in light of political consequences and public opinion. Clark Gable gives a great performance as General Casey, the officer who acts out of military necessity in choosing his targets, and in doing so, knows he puts the lives of his men and his friends on the line. Walter Pidgeon is General Kane, Gable's superior, who has lost some of his ability to look at his duty in purely military terms. Instead he perceives his mission is to fight the politicos and the press and to get the best spin on the actions of his command and commanders. Brian Donleavy is General Garnet, a relative newcomer to all of this. He is eager for his first command, but once on the scene at a combat headquarters, he begins to have doubts of his own about the mission, the politics and his own ability to send young men to their deaths.

The command decision in this fine, taut film is not one climatic decision, but is the story of a number of command decisions made by the three general officers, and how each effects and feeds off of the other men's command decisions throughout the film.

Good performances by all, a little melodramatic at times, but overall, one of the best war movies (especially about air warfare) you'll come across.

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