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Bombardier (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 14 May 1943 (USA)
Major "Chick" Davis is convinced that high-level bombing will win the next war. He convinces the powers-that-be to set up a bombardier school. He efficiently sets about training the USAAF's first generation of high-level bombardiers.

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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See the bombing of Tokyo before your very eyes! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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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

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

Goofs

The pilot would never have bailed out of his plane without trying every procedure to save it, including the shut-down procedure that eventually freed the stuck controls. Nor would a commanding officer have ordered everyone to bail out of said aircraft before all possible procedures had been tried to save it. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Chick Davis: The three greatest things in a bombadier's existence are: 'Hit the target', 'Hit the target', and 'Hit the target'.
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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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For its genre, this is a pretty good flick
6 September 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

There were a lot of films made by Hollywood during the war years that were designed to drum up support for our troops from the public. Seen today, some might dismiss them or just see them as propaganda--which they technically are, but of a positive sort and meant to unify the nation. This film is a pretty effective and entertaining example of the genre--having a pretty realistic script and good production values. Pat O'Brien plays pretty much the same character he played in MANY other films (you know, the tough-talking, hard-driven but "swell guy"). Randolph Scott is, as always, competent and entertaining and the rest of the extras are excellent (look for a young Robert Ryan as one of the bombardiers in training). While the story is reminiscent of several other movies about our pilots and crews, the film is well-crafted enough to make it interesting and not too far-fetched. That it, perhaps, except for the very end--where the film is a bit over-the-top but also VERY satisfying. About the only serious negative, and this is mostly for nitpickers, is that some of the stock footage is somewhat sloppily integrated in the film and "nuts" like me who are both history teachers and airplane lovers will probably notice this--all others probably won't notice.


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