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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:
Under-Appreciated, A Great War-Movie See more (30 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 New York Times" in May 1947 reported details of the deal between source novelist William Wister Haines and MGM. The studio paid Haines US $100,000 upfront for the filming rights to the novel. However, if this novel was produced as a play by the end of October 1947, Haines would be paid 15% of the play's weekly gross on the stage. This would amount to US $300,000. Indeed, a play of the novel did open on Broadway on 1 October 1947.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: After the plane General Dennis tried to talk in to a landing crashes, the next scene is an inside shot with the generals discussing allowing staff photographers into a debrief. On the brick wall in the background, the shadow of a boom mic is clearly seen moving in and out of scene for the entire duration.See more »
Quotes:
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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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Under-Appreciated, A Great War-Movie, 25 April 2001
Author: Steve Lange (supershaman@millenia.com) from Long Beach, California

This is an under-appreciated gem of a move.

To start with, the core story sounds utterly fantastic, but it is partly true. There was never a "Lance-Wulf 190", but there really was a Messerschmidt Me-262 in World War 2. The Me-262 wasn't quite the wonder-plane which the mythical Lance-Wulf was, but it was a swept-wing jet with a top speed of 540 mph, a blinding speed for the time. And, as fighter pilots say, "speed is life".

American bombing in August, 1943 did delay the introduction of the real Me-262. (The pre-production aircraft were wrecked on an assembly line, forcing a delay of several months.) The irony is that the German jet fighter program was really stymied by Hitler's aversion to defensive weapons and the German feeling that the war could be won with existing fighter types.

There is, however, a "message" in this film which fully applies to civilian life. You know that everything is okay just now, but this will soon come to an end. Given those facts, are you willing to take some massive losses now and solve the problem? Or do you just wait for the situation to become visible to everyone before you act?

I don't know how many times I've seen people--even bright ones--opt for the "wait and see" course of action. It never works.

Just as Betty Davis's 1938 film "Jezebel" was overshadowed by "Gone With The Wind", this film was overshadowed by "Twelve O'Clock High".

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