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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>

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Taglines:

See the bombing of Tokyo before your very eyes!

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

The word "Hell" is drowned out with various sound effects each time an actor says it. 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

Burton Hughes: You're quite an entomologist.
Sgt. Archie Dixon: Nope! But I know all about bugs.
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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

Song of the Bombardiers
(1942) (published title)
On-screen title: "Song of the U. S. Bombardiers"
Music by M.K. Jerome (as M. K. Jerome)
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played during the opening and closing credits and often in the score
Sung by the audience at the magic show
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Knute Rockne Joins the Army Air Corps
23 February 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Pat O'Brien takes his Knute Rockne character and joins the Army Air Corps in Bombardier and he and Randolph Scott have a disagreement as far as air tactics go. Scott wants to do things as they do in the RAF where he's been an observer. Fly in low and drop bombs and avoid being shot at.

O'Brien is more interested in technology. Develop and learn how to use an accurate bombsight so you can be up around 20,000 feet and only have to worry about enemy planes which presumably your fighter escort has to deal with.

But since these guys are friends it's a good natured fight as both are in the business of training bombardiers. Among the familiar faces they train are Eddie Albert and Robert Ryan before both went in the service themselves.

Bombardier is so very dated now, but still entertaining. The advances in technology are light years beyond what O'Brien and Scott are dealing with. Film buffs who are air historians might like it though.


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