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Command Decision ()


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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.

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Brig. Gen. K.C. 'Casey' Dennis
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Maj. Gen. Roland Goodlow Kane
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T / Sgt. Immanuel T. Evans
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Brig. Gen. Clifton I. Garnet
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Elmer Brockhurst
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Col. Edward Rayton Martin
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Congressman Arthur Malcolm
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Capt. George Washington Bellpepper Lee
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Maj. George Rockton
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Lt. Ansel Goldberg
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Maj. Homer V. Prescott
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Maj. Desmond Lansing
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Col. Earnest Haley
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Maj. Belding Davis
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Congressman Stone
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James Carwood
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Capt. Lucius Malcolm Jenks
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Congressman Watson
Mack Williams ...
Lt. Col. Virgil Jackson
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Maj. Garrett Davenport
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Officer (uncredited)
Joel Allen ...
Lieutenant Colonel (uncredited)
George Backus ...
Cook (uncredited)
Ray Barons ...
Loudspeaker Voice (uncredited) (voice)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
Jack Bonigul ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
William Cabanne ...
Flyer (uncredited)
John Cannon ...
Officer (uncredited)
Campbell Copelin ...
Correspondent (uncredited)
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Operations Officer (uncredited)
Robert Cunningham ...
Officer (uncredited)
James Dale ...
Operations Sergeant (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ...
Flyer (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ...
Correspondent (uncredited)
Dennis Dengate ...
Flyer (uncredited)
Tay Dunn ...
Major (uncredited)
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Congressman (uncredited)
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Flyer (uncredited)
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Command Officer (uncredited)
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Congressman (uncredited)
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Sgt. Cahill - Machine Shop (uncredited)
Tom Handley ...
Correspondent (uncredited)
Clarke Hardwicke ...
Flyer (uncredited)
Carey Harrison ...
Staff Officer (uncredited)
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Chairman (uncredited)
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Lt. Nelson (uncredited) (voice)
James Horne Jr. ...
Young Officer (uncredited)
Russell Hoyt ...
Officer in Tower (uncredited)
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RAF Officer (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
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Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Marten Lamont ...
RAF Officer (uncredited)
Billy Lechner ...
Operations Sergeant (uncredited)
William F. Leicester ...
Parker - Chauffeur (uncredited)
Bob Manning ...
Control Sergeant (uncredited)
Peter Martin ...
Command Sergeant (uncredited)
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Staff Officer (uncredited)
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Fly Control Officer (uncredited)
Bill McIvor ...
Jeep Driver (uncredited)
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Correspondent (uncredited)
John Michaels ...
Flyer (uncredited)
Bob Milton ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Staff Officer (uncredited)
Glenn Mullen ...
Officer in Tower (uncredited)
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Flyer (uncredited)
Bill Neff ...
Flyer (uncredited)
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Cumquat B-Baker Crewman (uncredited) (voice)
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Staff Officer (uncredited)
William Nind ...
Staff Officer (uncredited)
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GI Waiter (uncredited)
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Jeep Driver (uncredited)
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Correspondent (uncredited)
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Control Officer (uncredited)
Tony Shaw ...
Officer in Tower (uncredited)
Robin Short ...
Guard (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Buddy Swan ...
Flyer (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Walsh ...
Photographer (uncredited)
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Englishman on Loudspeaker (uncredited) (voice)
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Control Officer (uncredited)
Steve Wayne ...
Command Sergeant (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Jimmy Zahner ...
Flyer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Sam Wood

Written by

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William R. Laidlaw ... (screenplay) and
George Froeschel ... (screenplay)
 
William Wister Haines ... (play)

Produced by

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Sidney Franklin ... producer
Gottfried Reinhardt ... associate producer

Music by

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Miklós Rózsa ... (as Miklos Rozsa)

Cinematography by

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Harold Rosson ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Harold F. Kress

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons
Urie McCleary

Set Decoration by

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Edwin B. Willis

Makeup Department

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Jack Dawn ... makeup creator

Production Management

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Al Shenberg ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sid Sidman ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Jack D. Moore ... associate set decorator
Frank Wesselhoff ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director
James Brock ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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A. Arnold Gillespie ... special effects
Warren Newcombe ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ed Hubbell ... still photographer (uncredited)
Lloyd Isbell ... grip (uncredited)
Bert Kopperl ... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Martin ... camera operator (uncredited)

Music Department

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Eugene Zador ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Leslie H. Martinson ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Kermit Bloomgarden ... stage producer
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Tragique décision (France)
  • Sublime decisión (Spain)
  • Trágica Decisão (Brazil)
  • Sublime decisión (Argentina)
  • Командное решение (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 112 min
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Budget $2,467,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Twelve O'Clock High (1949) was delayed in its release because this film beat it to the punch. The similarity in content between the two films forced 20th Century-Fox to hold back on "Twelve O'Clock High" for a few months. See more »
Goofs When Van Johnson is in Gable's office alone in the very beginning of the film, someone comes in and gives him a model plane and he places it on a shelf behind him. However, when Gable comes in soon afterwards the shelf is empty. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome (1996). See more »
Quotes James Carwood: What's the answer, Brockie, all guts and no brain?
Elmer Brockhurst: No. That's putting it too simply. Dennis is one of those boys whose brain is fascinated by guts. He loves this lousy war.
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