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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 »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writer:

John Tucker Battle (screenplay)
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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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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 »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

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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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A travesty, but in the details.
1 December 2007 | by Flickers-4See all my reviews

I don't recall the movie being as bad as the previous poster laments, but it is the first time I saw a movie of a person I knew something of his historical record and how they played loose with the details for dramatic license (I read his massive autobiography 5 times at least--a big book for a 13 yr old to read then--and several of his other books, including his version of the ordeal at sea depicted in the movie and Capt. Cherry's version "We Thought We Heard the Angels Sing"). I was "outraged" as any hero worshiping teen could be when they changed incidents in the movie that I knew happened differently (hey! That didn't happen that way!). but from this movie, I did learn the lesson of what that disclaimer means "Though based on actual incidents..."


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