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Aerial Gunner (1943)

Approved | | Drama , War | 20 March 1943 (USA)
Old rivals are pitted against each other in basic training and fight for the same woman.

Director:

William H. Pine

Writers:

Maxwell Shane (screenplay), Jack F. Dailey (idea)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chester Morris ... Sgt. 'Foxy' Pattis
Richard Arlen ... Sgt / Lt. Jonathan 'Jon' Davis
Jimmy Lydon ... Pvt. Sanford 'Sandy' Lunt
Amelita Ward ... Peggy Lunt (as Lita Ward)
Dick Purcell ... Pvt. Lancelot 'Gadget' Blaine
Keith Richards ... Sgt. Henry 'Jonesy' Jones
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Pvt. Jackson 'Sleepy' Laswell (as William Benedict)
Olive Blakeney ... Mrs. Sanford Lunt
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Old rivals are pitted against each other in basic training and fight for the same woman.

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Taglines:

THRILLS...ACTION..."Somewhere in the Pacific"

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Artilheiro Aéreo See more »

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Production Co:

Pine-Thomas Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

When the Japanese fighters attack the bomber, we can clearly see that there are five of them. Foxie also confirms there are five enemy planes, and the planes are counted during the attack as they are shot down by the gunners. But when we cut to a close-up of the Japanese pilot, more than five planes can be seen on the far side of his fighter. See more »

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Very, very familiar--and it's been done much better on many occasions.
18 February 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Aerial Gunner" is a very low-budget WWII propaganda film that has many familiar plot elements. The trouble is, although there are MANY movies like this one (including, off the top of my head, "Flying Tigers", "A Yank in the RAF", "Captains of the Clouds" and "I Wanted Wings"), these other films are just a lot better. The film is made by tiny Pine-Thomas Productions and suffers from uneven acting (Richard Arlen wasn't all that good) and a cheap look.

Like most of the films above, this one is set in a training camp for the Army Air Corps. In this case, it's aerial gunnery school. And, like most of these films, it involves a cocky recruit and the man in charge of his training--and they fall for the same woman (quite the cliché). The trainee, like these other films, makes a nuisance of himself and in the end gives his all to prove himself and receive redemption.

The film contains NOTHING new...nothing. There are also elements of "The Eagle and the Hawk" and the ending a lot like "First Yank in Tokyo" and all the films above! Been there, done that....'nuff said....


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