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Bombardier (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 14 May 1943 (USA)
Training of bombardiers in semi-documentary style, with personal stories and a battle climax.

Directors:

Richard Wallace, Lambert Hillyer (uncredited)

Writers:

John Twist (screenplay), John Twist (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Maj. Chick Davis
Randolph Scott ... Capt. Buck Oliver
Anne Shirley ... Burton Hughes
Eddie Albert ... Tom Hughes
Walter Reed ... Jim Carter
Robert Ryan ... Joe Connors
Barton MacLane ... Sgt. Archie Dixon
Leonard Strong ... Japanese Officer
Richard Martin ... Chito Rafferty
Russell Wade ... Paul Harris
James Newill ... Capt. Rand
John Miljan ... Chaplain Charlie Craig
Charles Russell ... Instructor
Eugene L. Eubank Eugene L. Eubank ... General Eubank (as Brigadier-General Eugene L. Eubank)
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Storyline

Major Chick Davis proves to the U.S. Army the superiority of high altitude precision bombing, and establishes a school for bombardiers. Training is followed in semi-documentary style, with personal dramas in subplots. The climax is a spectacular, if somewhat jingoistic, battle sequence. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

See the bombing of Tokyo before your very eyes!

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

19° stormo bombardieri See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film represents one of four movies made by Hollywood during the 1940s that were about or related to the US military's Dolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan, during World War II. The four (the first three considered "fictionalized") are Destination Tokyo (1943); The Purple Heart (1944); this film; and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), the last being the most accurate and least fictionalized of the four. See more »

Goofs

When Chick takes off in a silver early-model B-17 to prove bombing accuracy to some visitor big-wigs, he takes off in a plane with the number 51 on it's nose. In a subsequent shot, the number is 62, but the image in that brief shot is also reversed. See more »

Quotes

Eugene L. Eubank: [Closing lines voiceover] To put out fire. That is the crusade of the bombardiers, who are already building a great American tradition - a hundred thousand strong!
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Crazy Credits

Brigadier General Eugene L. Eubank is billed first because he is credited in the forward before any cast is mentioned, and he is not listed in the comprehensive end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

References Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

You're In The Army Now
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Melody included in "Song of the Bombardiers"
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I have remembered this movie for over 50 years.
23 April 2013 | by swojtakSee all my reviews

I saw this movie in the late 1950's or early 1960's on TV and it has always stuck with me. The scene that stands out vividly is when Robert Ryan walks into the church and yells, "The Japs just bombed Pearl Harbor". That scene has stuck in my head over 50 years. Oddly it seems that the ending involves bombing Nagoya. The movie went from Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor to the U.S. bombing the Japanese homeland really quickly. Another interesting thing is the movie never uses the word Norton Bombsight. At the time of the movie, even the word Norton was secret. Also, you never see the actual bomb sight only something being carried in a cloth bag by two airmen. Even a picture of the sight was secret. I did like the picture because it shows the training the men received. It seems like a lot of training just to push a button. I also like of part of the Bombardier controlling the plane. The part of the movie seems right in that the plane, pilot, ground crew, and everything else is there just to take the Bombardier to the target so he can push a button. The Pilot and Bombardier is like playing golf. The drive is for the show (pilot) but the putt (bombardier) is for the dough!. The rest was over the top--the oath and song of the Bombardier. Lastly, wasn't the actor who played the Japanese officer also played "Harry Hoo" on the TV show "Get Smart". All in all a film worth watching.


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