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Captain Eddie (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 19 June 1945 (USA)
WWI flyer Eddie Rickenbaker remembers his life which brought him from a car salesman, race driver and pilot in WWI, to an important person in the early years of civil airline service, after... See full summary »

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Lloyd Bacon
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred MacMurray ... Capt. Edward Rickenbacker
Lynn Bari ... Adelaide Frost Rickenbacker
Charles Bickford ... William Rickenbacker
Thomas Mitchell ... Ike Howard
Lloyd Nolan ... Lt. Jim Whittaker
James Gleason ... Tom Clark
Mary Philips ... Elsie Rickenbacker
Darryl Hickman ... Eddie Rickenbacker - as a Boy
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Frost
Richard Conte ... Pvt. John Bartek
Charles Russell ... Sgt. Jim Reynolds
Richard Crane ... Capt. Bill Cherry
Stanley Ridges ... Col. Hans Adamson
Clem Bevans ... Jabez
Grady Sutton ... Lester Thomas
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Storyline

WWI flyer Eddie Rickenbaker remembers his life which brought him from a car salesman, race driver and pilot in WWI, to an important person in the early years of civil airline service, after his plane crashed in the South Pacific in late 1942. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Incredibly Thrilling! Amazingly True! See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rickenbacker, the Story of an American See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film's premiere was held in Eddie Rickenbacker's home town of Columbus, OH, at The Ohio Theatre on August 1, 1945. In attendance were 20th Century-Fox stars Carole Landis, Peggy Ann Garner, James Dunn and Lloyd Nolan, along with Ohio politicians Congressman Jerry Voorhis, Mayor of Columbus Jim Rhodes and Gov. Frank Lausche. See more »

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I liked it a lot.
16 August 2013 | by djhbookloverSee all my reviews

I was 10 when I saw this movie. I have memories of scenes from favorite films as early as 1940. This is one of them. I left the theater feeling entertained, happy they were rescued, educated about Rickenbacker's career and thrilled. At that age I was not capable of critical review but have always wondered why I never saw it again. Perhaps I was too unsophisticated to make a valid judgment. I did, however, remember that MacMurray was the star. I looked it up to learn why it was never re- released. In that era few movies were deliberately aimed at the young including war films and westerns. Even the Disney films were popular with adults. I was an avid moviegoer with minimal supervision and lots of nearby theaters so I recall many which were not written for the children but still left me with fond memories of their value for me. That is the basis for my rating.


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