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The War Lover (1962)

 -  Adventure | Drama | War  -  25 October 1962 (USA)
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Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions. His crew lives with this... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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'Buzz' / Buzz Rickson
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'Bo' / Ed Bolland
Shirley Anne Field ...
Daphne
Gary Cockrell ...
Lynch: Crew of 'The Body'
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Junior' / Junior Sailen: Crew of 'The Body
Bill Edwards ...
Brindt: Crew of 'The Body'
Chuck Julian ...
Lamb: Crew of 'The Body'
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Handown: Crew of 'The Body'
Al Waxman ...
Prien: Crew of 'The Body'
Tom Busby ...
Farr: Crew of 'The Body'
George Sperdakos ...
Bragliani: Crew of 'The Body'
Bob Kanter ...
Haverstraw: Crew of 'The Body'
Jerry Stovin ...
Emmet
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Vogt (as Edward Bishop)
Richard Leech ...
Murika
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Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions. His crew lives with this aspect of his personality only because they know he always brings them back alive. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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The men of the flying forts whose bravery became a legend See more »

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Adventure | Drama | War

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25 October 1962 (USA)  »

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El amante de la muerte  »

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The last names of the main characters in the film were slightly different from the John Hersey novel. In the novel, "Buzz" Rickson's last name was Marrow, and "Bo's" was Bowman, not Boland. See more »

Goofs

The short life vests the bomber crews wear are clearly post-war issue, not World War II-era "Mae Wests." See more »

Quotes

Captain Buzz Rickson: What's the matter Bolland, afraid to die?
1st Lt Ed Bolland: Damn right I am. But you're scared to live.
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War Lover back story
15 March 2005 | by (Falls Church, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Aviation author Martin Caiden (his books were the basis for the film "Marooned" and the t.v show "The Six Million Dollar Man") published a book entitled "Everything But The Flak" that detailed the efforts to revive three Navy PB-1 Flying Forts and the ensuing flight adventure of moving them across the Atlantic to England for the making of "The War Lover" which is a "must read" for those interested in the making of this film. He accompanied the flight crews and although his larger-than-life account of their hijinks (rumbling with Soviets in the airport in Greenland, being locked up by Interpol in Portugal on suspicion of smuggling illicit warplanes - after all these three B-17s had active gun turrets) must be taken with a grain of salt, the guy sure could spin a great yarn! The book is probably WAY out of print but is well worth seeking out as it gives some idea of the difficulty of reactivating three WW II bombers years before the warbird revival got underway. Unfortunately, due to import/export duties in England in the early 1960s, Columbia Pictures scrapped two of the three Fortresses after filming was completed and only one has survived, used for promotion of the film before being passed onto other hands.

The movie itself has lots of B-17 action of the planes taxiing around the airfield prior to mission take-off that is frequently edited out for television broadcast to save time for commercials or to fit into a specific airtime envelope. If it airs uncut, notice the patchy paint on the Fortress noses as three airframes portray a much larger squadron, with nose art changed several times.

Mark Sublette, Falls Church, Virginia


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