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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 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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Although Gary Cooper had said long ago that he would make no more biopics, he signed for The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955). It was a poor Otto Preminger film and even Billy Mitchell's widow expressed disappointment with Cooper's performance. Possibly the story had appealed to Cooper on political grounds and Mitchell may have been a hero of his - the general who accused the government of neglecting military needs. Cooper went on Ed Sullivan's TV show to promote the film and home viewers were quite disappointed - David Shipman referred to Cooper's "effeminate mannerisms in his TV interviews". See more »

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At the climax of the film when Mitchell rises to hear the tribunal's verdict, the shadow of the camera can be seen moving in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. See more »

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Tea for Two
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A decent film - with a mesmerising 17-minute cameo
16 April 2007 | by (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a decent film, for the most part a very watchable telling of a good true story which is worth knowing about. Gary Cooper is solid in the title role (albeit he is apparently nothing like the real-life Mitchell) and the drama moves along at a reasonable pace.

But for 17 minutes towards the end it rises above that and becomes mesmerising. What makes the difference? Two words: Rod Steiger. The cross-examination scene, where he goads and scorns Cooper mercilessly, is one of those very rare moments in cinema when a performance holds the screen and burns itself into your memory. No matter how many times I have seen this film, I always spend the first hour or so waiting to relish this particular scene. And I am never disappointed.

So watch the film for two reasons: it is good in its own right. A well-played, thoughtful and dignified film about a good man who was ahead of his time. But whatever you do, make sure you don't miss the last half-hour!


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