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Men of the Sky (1942)

Approved  |   |  Short, Drama, War  |  25 July 1942 (USA)
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A propaganda film, made in the early months of World War II, dramatizing a new group of U.S. Army Air Force pilots receiving their wings from Lt. General H.H. Arnold: on off-screen narrator... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Tod Andrews ...
Cadet Frank Bickley (as Michael Ames)
Mrs. Frank Bickley
Don DeFore ...
Cadet Dick Mathews
Ray Montgomery ...
Cadet Jim Morgan
Ruth Ford ...
Cadet Gladdens' Sweetheart
Dave Willock ...
Bob 'Sir Galahad' Gladdens (as David Willock)
Owen Crump ...
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A propaganda film, made in the early months of World War II, dramatizing a new group of U.S. Army Air Force pilots receiving their wings from Lt. General H.H. Arnold: on off-screen narrator introduces four of them to us, we see them before the war, during flight training, and in their first assignments as pilots. In flashbacks, we see one with his parents, we meet another's younger brother, we see one with his wife, and meet the fourth pilot's sweetheart. By the film's end, they are flying planes and matériel to General MacArthur in Australia and their families see Air Force planes flying overhead, protecting the nation from invasion. Written by <>

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Short | Drama | War


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Release Date:

25 July 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1941-1942 season) #6: Men of the Sky  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #1017-1018. See more »

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The narrator identifies General Arnold, and General Arnold identifies General Cousins. See more »


America, the Beautiful
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Performed by the orchestra toward the end
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Not Terrific But It Shows History
27 November 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Men of the Sky (1942)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

When people view films like this one today they're probably going to be offended by some of the racist comments but it's important to remember that this here is a product of its day and we were in the middle of WWII so the film did it's job at trying to build up hatred for the enemy. The film is certainly pretty generic in terms of its story but then again, the main goal was to get people to enlist and I'm sure many did so after seeing it. What we basically get is a propaganda film that tries to talk young men into joining the war, getting their "wings," fighting the enemy and making their parents proud. Again, it's impossible to watch this thing and try to take it serious today as many people are simply going to object to the message. I think the film remains watchable today thanks in large part to the fact that it's pretty much history as to how the country and Hollywood tried to sell the war to people. It's interesting hearing the words used, the patriotic nature and of course how they try to sell the good that comes from it.

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