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The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)

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A dramatization of the American general and his court martial for publically complaining about High Command's dismissal and neglect of the aerial fighting forces.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Col. Billy Mitchell
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Gen. Jimmy Guthrie
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Congressman Frank R. Reid
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Maj. Allan Guillion
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Margaret Lansdowne
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Col. Moreland
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Lt. Col. Herbert White
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Lt. Cmdr. Zachary 'Zack' Lansdowne
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Capt. Bob Elliott
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Capt. Russ Peters
Robert F. Simon ...
Adm. Gage (as Robert Simon)
Charles Dingle ...
Sen. Fullerton
Dayton Lummis ...
Tom McKee ...
Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker
Stephen Roberts ...
Maj. Carl Spaatz (as Steve Roberts)
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The true story of General Billy Mitchell, a pioneering crusader for the Army's fledgling air corp. In spite of an impressive performance during the First World War, the commanders of America's armed forces still think of the airplane as little more then a carnival attraction. Even after sinking an "unsinkable" captured German battleship from the air, Mitchell sees funds dry up and friends die due to poor equipment. He is court-martialed after questioning the loyalty of his superiors for allowing the air corp to deteriorate. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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He defied the army and navy . . . and they gave him a Court Martial!

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Biography | Drama | War

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31 December 1955 (USA)  »

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Condamné au silence  »

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Trivia

The Mitchell family was very unhappy with the film, especially the casting of the tall, laconic Gary Cooper in the lead role. The real Billy Mitchell was short with an explosive temper. The family thought James Cagney would have been ideal. See more »

Goofs

The award ribbons on Billy Mitchell's uniform coat are arranged in rows of three. However, he actually wore them in rows of four. See more »

Quotes

Admiral William S. Sims: The Navy hasn't got any policy on flying, they are ignoring the aeroplane in hopes that it will just go away.
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Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: 5 O'Clock Charlie (1973) See more »

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The U.S. Air Force
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Music by Robert Crawford
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Excellent Production
13 September 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Too add to the comments already made in this database I would like to point out that viewers seem to forget that the testimony in the film by Major Hap Arnold, Captain Eddie Rickenbaker, Major Karl Spatz and Fiorello LaGuardia substantiated Colonel Mitchell's facts.

As for whether the court-martial did what it intended to do, obviously it did not in Pearl Harbor's case, however, it may have helped development of better aircraft and aircraft carriers during the 30's, especially when one considers this was during a depression.

What could have been brought to light was the complacency of the public at the time, roaring 20's, etc.. Also the public's isolationist outlook.

At any rate, General Mitchell will always be a hero to airmen, along with General Hap Arnold and others.


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