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Steel Against the Sky (1941)

Rough-hewn Rocky Evans has two great loves--his job building bridges and beautiful Helen Powers, his boss' daughter. But it's Rocky's shiftless brother Chuck who wins Helen's affections. ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Helen Powers
... Rocky Evans
... Chuck Evans
... John Powers
... Pop Aloysius Evans
... Professor Rupert Sampson
... Bugs (as Howard da Silva)
... Pete Evans
... Myrt
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... Ed (scenes deleted)
... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
... Harry (scenes deleted)
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Rough-hewn Rocky Evans has two great loves--his job building bridges and beautiful Helen Powers, his boss' daughter. But it's Rocky's shiftless brother Chuck who wins Helen's affections. Chuck even takes a job on Rocky's bridge-building crew to woo Helen, but the two brothers soon find themselves clashing over work and love. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <DanNGM@aol.com>

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13 December 1941 (USA)  »

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Bridges Built at Night  »

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The Professor calls his secret formula "Samsonite," but there is no connection with the famous luggage brand. The Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company named one of its cases "Samson", after the Biblical strongman, and only began using the trademark "Samsonite" the same year this film was made. See more »

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The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played as part of the score at the wedding
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Half of a Good Movie
10 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Blue-collar Warner Bros. loved recycling this blue-collar plot line, as others point out. Stick a couple guys on an industrial work site, have them fall out over a girl, then wind up with a big cliff-hanging calamity, and you've got a ton of built-in drama. Here it's Nolan and Stevens as unfriendly brothers working as bridge builders and falling out over the boss's daughter, Smith. Nolan may be no Jimmy Cagney, but he's got the drive to carry any movie, which he does here.

Actually, I was ready to dump things after the first half-hour, since there was too much silly humor with a plot yet to gel. But the second half really gels when the crew has to keep the bridge from falling apart during a wicked storm. Warner's production crew does a first-rate job simulating the besieged bridge and the high-wire acrobatics of Nolan and Stevens. All in all, this second half was worth waiting for.

The cast features two later TV stars in their early years, Stevens and Gleason. You have to look quickly for Gleason in the first half, as what else but a drunk. On the other hand, Stevens has a featured role in a very un-Peter Gunn workingman part. Ironically, he and his girl here, Smith, married several years later and remained hitched for a very unHollywood 49-years. Anyway, if you think you've seen the movie before, you probably have. But the effects are certainly worth sticking around for.


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