Army generals struggle with the decision to prioritize bombing the German factories producing new jet fighters over the extremely high casualties the mission will cost.


Sam Wood


William R. Laidlaw (screenplay), George Froeschel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gable ... Brig. Gen. K.C. 'Casey' Dennis
Walter Pidgeon ... Maj. AGen. Roland Goodlow Kane
Van Johnson ... T / Sgt. Immanuel T. Evans
Brian Donlevy ... Brig. Gen. Clifton I. Garnet
Charles Bickford ... Elmer Brockhurst
John Hodiak ... Col. Edward Rayton Martin
Edward Arnold ... Congressman Arthur Malcolm
Marshall Thompson ... Capt. George Washington Bellpepper Lee
Richard Quine ... Maj. George Rockton
Cameron Mitchell ... Lt. Ansel Goldberg
Clinton Sundberg ... Maj. Homer V. Prescott
Ray Collins ... Maj. Desmond Lansing
Warner Anderson ... Col. Earnest Haley
John McIntire ... Maj. Belding Davis
Moroni Olsen ... Congressman Stone


General Dennis of the US Force in England in World War II finds that he must order his planes deeper and deeper into Germany to prevent the production of military jet planes that will turn the tide of battle to the Germans. He must fight congressmen, and his own chain of command to win the political battle before he can send his planes out. His problem is complicated by a very narrow window of good weather necessary to allow his effort to be successful. Adapted from a stage play, it attempts to look at the challenges of command in the political arena. Written by John Vogel <>

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Clark Gable enlisted in the US Army Air Forces after his wife Carole Lombard died in a plane crash on a war bonds selling trip assisting the war effort. Gable went to Officers Candidate School (OCS), graduating as a second lieutenant, and was eventually promoted to major. He was trained as an aerial gunner and combat cameraman and was awarded both the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal for at least five aerial bombing missions over Germany from England with the 351st Bomb Group (Heavy). Adolf Hitler personally offered a reward to the pilot or anti-aircraft gun crew who shot down Gable's plane. See more »


When Casey is wondering about the weather for the third straight day of maximum effort, he tells his staff to keep him informed with weather updates. But when he does so, his lips don't move. See more »


Congressman Arthur Malcolm: But it seems to me our boys are paying a pretty bloody price for General Dennis' record!
Congressman Stone: Arthur!
Brig. Gen. K.C. 'Casey' Dennis: Arthur, they're paying a price for the country's record.
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This is among Gable's very best
9 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of the best WW2 movies. The acting and writing are superb and rather subdued at that. With Clark Gable you expect BIG ACTING AND BIG ACTION but in this one he does a very credible job portraying a very troubled man who is put in charge of the bombing campaign against the Germans. So, this movie is a bit of a stretch for the usually glib Gable, as it focuses on the emotional toll of war.

The movie is VERY similar to the great 12 O'Clock High (starring Gregory Peck). 12 O'Clock is a slightly better movie (and it gives Peck more room to hash out his character as the man in charge of sending airmen to their deaths), though they are so good I recommend seeing both.

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Release Date:

February 1949 (USA) See more »

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$2,467,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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