The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writer:

Dudley Nichols (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ridgely ... Captain Mike Quincannon - 'Mary Ann' Pilot
Gig Young ... Lieut. Bill Williams - 'Mary Ann' Co-Pilot
Arthur Kennedy ... Lieut. Bill Williams - 'Mary Ann' Bombardier
Charles Drake ... Lieut. Manchester - 'Mary Ann' Navigator
Harry Carey ... Sgt. Robbie White - 'Mary Ann' Crew Chief
George Tobias ... Corporal Weinberg - 'Mary Ann' Asst. Crew Chief
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Corporal Peterson - 'May Ann' Radio Operator
Ray Montgomery ... Private Chester - 'Mary Ann' Asst. Radio Operator
John Garfield ... Sergeant Joe Winocki - 'Mary Ann' Rear Gunner
James Brown ... Lieut. Tex Rader - Pursuit Pilot - Passenger
Stanley Ridges ... Major Mallory
Willard Robertson ... Colonel at Hickam Field
Moroni Olsen ... Colonel Blake
Edward Brophy ... Marine Sgt. J.J. Callahan (as Edward S. Brophy)
Richard Lane ... Maj. W.G. Roberts
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Storyline

On December 6, 1941 nine B-17 bomber set off on a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii. One of the bombers, the Mary Ann, is commanded by 'Irish' Quincannon. The bombardier, Tommy McMartin, has a sister living in Hawaii and the co-pilot, Bill Williams, is sweet on her. The men are all highly professional with the exception of aerial gunner Joe Winocki, a bitter man who has every intention of leaving the army air corps. They arrive at Hickam Field on the morning of December 7, just as the Japanese are attacking Pearl Harbor and other military facilities. All of the men prepare to face the enemy, including Winocki whose attitude changes quickly. The bomber and its crew will participate in many missions but not all will survive. Written by garykmcd

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The name of their love was Mary Ann. See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

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One of the top three money makers for Warner Brothers in 1943. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film...during the pilot's flight briefing at Hamilton Army Airfield, Co-Pilot Gig Young's character is wearing a flight jacket that has captain's bars on it (about 6 minutes into the film)... but for the entire film... he is suppose to be a lieutenant and is addressed that way by crew members. See more »

Quotes

Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg: Fried Jap going down!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: FOREWARD "It is for us the living .... to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced ..... It is ......for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us ..... that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Abraham Lincoln See more »

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Featured in Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
(1923) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Mills and Duke Ellington
Played on the radio aboard the B-17 airplane
Partially sung by George Tobias
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A more important film than the latté crowd may realize.
1 December 2001 | by tbright1See all my reviews

The "Got him!" dogfight in Star Wars was practically cut-by-cut from Air Force (just as Indiana Jones lifted the Big Round Boulder scene directly from an Uncle Scrooge comic, but that's another review). Air Force's Dying Pilot scene (check-listing his crew for takeoff, job by job, and they respond) is almost unendurable to any man who has worked in danger and loss with other men. The crew's field-modifying the pre-G-series B-17 to equip it with an effective tail gun, (and stripping hulks for usable parts!) helped prepared me as a boy of the 1950s for my young manhood up on the high banks of Talladega and Daytona, and for business and traffic today. I trust our current young soldiers have found their own examples for courage and resourcefulness as they defend us today.


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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

20 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Air Force See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Barbara, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,646,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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