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The Beginning or the End (1947) Poster

Full Cast & Crew

Directed by 

Norman Taurog

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)  

Robert Considine ... (story)
Frank Wead

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete  

Brian Donlevy ... Major General Leslie R. Groves
Robert Walker ... Colonel Jeff Nixon
Tom Drake ... Matt Cochran
Beverly Tyler ... Anne Cochran
Audrey Totter ... Jean O'Leary
Hume Cronyn ... Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer
Hurd Hatfield ... Dr. John Wyatt
Joseph Calleia ... Dr. Enrico Fermi
Godfrey Tearle ... President Roosevelt
Victor Francen ... Dr. Marré
Richard Haydn ... Dr. Chisholm
Jonathan Hale ... Dr. Vannevar Bush
John Litel ... K.T. Keller
Henry O'Neill ... General Thomas F. Farrell
Warner Anderson ... Captain William S. Parsons U.S.N.
Barry Nelson ... Colonel Paul Tibbetts Jr.
Art Baker ... President Truman
Ludwig Stössel ... Dr. Albert Einstein (as Ludwig Stossel)
John Hamilton ... Dr. Harold C. Urey
Frank Ferguson ... Dr. James B. Conant
Tom Stevenson Tom Stevenson ... Dr. E. P. Wigner
John Gallaudet ... Dr. Leo Szilard
Nella Walker ... Grace Tully
Edward Earle ... Charles G. Ross
Moroni Olsen ... Dr. Arthur H. Compton
Norman Lloyd ... Dr. Troyanski
Jim Davis ... Pilot at Tinian
Charles Trowbridge ... Walter S. Carpenter Jr.
Frank Wilcox ... Dr. W. H. Zinn
Henry Hall ... General Brehon Somervell
Paul Harvey ... Lieut. General W. D. Styer
Larry Johns Larry Johns ... Quaker Scientist
Robert Emmett Keane ... Dr. Rand
James Bush ... Dr. Ernest O. Lawrence
Trevor Bardette ... Clinic Doctor
William Wright ... Colonel John Lansdale
Damian O'Flynn ... C. D. Howe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Abbott Richard Abbott ... Danish Underground Leader (uncredited)
Philip Ahlm Philip Ahlm ... Armed Guard (uncredited)
John Albright John Albright ... Quaker Scientist (uncredited)
Erville Alderson ... Secretary of War Henry Stimson (uncredited)
Kirk Alyn ... Scientist (uncredited)
Rod Bacon Rod Bacon ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Canadian Officer (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Workman (uncredited)
John Banner ... German Laboratory Assistant (uncredited)
Gregg Barton ... Enola Gay Navigator (uncredited)
Holger Bendixen Holger Bendixen ... German Submarine Commander (uncredited)
Lee Bennett ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard Joseph E. Bernard ... Townsman (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Robert Bice ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
William Bishop ... 2nd Lieutenant - Electronics Officer, Enola Gay (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Armed Guard (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Tough Military Policeman (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Civilian Guard (uncredited)
John Bogden John Bogden ... Scientist (uncredited)
Charles Bradstreet ... Airport Guard (uncredited)
Tex Brodus Tex Brodus ... Enola Gay Ground Crewman (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Army Officer (uncredited)
Tom Burton Tom Burton ... Officer (uncredited)
Roy Butler Roy Butler ... Townsman (uncredited)
George M. Carleton ... Senator (uncredited)
James Carlisle James Carlisle ... Industrialist (uncredited)
Douglas Carter Douglas Carter ... Quaker Scientist (uncredited)
Ed Cassidy ... Rafferty (uncredited)
Frank Chalfant Frank Chalfant ... Scientist (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Japanese Naval Officer (uncredited)
Peter Chong Peter Chong ... Japanese General (uncredited)
Bron Clifford Bron Clifford ... Chaplain (uncredited)
Bruce Cowling ... Enola Gay Ground Crewman (uncredited)
Ralph Crane Ralph Crane ... Weatherman (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... Senator (uncredited)
Bert Davidson Bert Davidson ... Armed Guard (uncredited)
Boyd Davis Boyd Davis ... Senator (uncredited)
Harry Denny Harry Denny ... Passing Officer (uncredited)
Tom Dillon Tom Dillon ... Gregor (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Guard (uncredited)
Dick Earle Dick Earle ... Industrialist (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock Helen Eby-Rock ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Blake Edwards ... CIC Man (uncredited)
Frank Erickson Frank Erickson ... Attendant (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Scientist (uncredited)
Lloyd Everett Lloyd Everett ... Enola Gay Ground Crewman (uncredited)
Budd Fine Budd Fine ... Evictee (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Brigadier General (uncredited)
Ted French ... Townsman (uncredited)
Arno Frey Arno Frey ... Nazi Official (uncredited)
Paul Fung Paul Fung ... Japanese Radar Officer (uncredited)
Jack Gallagher Jack Gallagher ... Evictee (uncredited)
John Gannon John Gannon ... Orderly (uncredited)
Stewart Garner Stewart Garner ... Communications Officer (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson Kenneth Gibson ... President Truman's Secretary (uncredited)
Tom Gibson Tom Gibson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann Frederick Giermann ... Nazi Officer (uncredited)
Bob Gilbert Bob Gilbert ... Lieutenant - R.C.M., Enola Gay (uncredited)
Jon Gilbreath Jon Gilbreath ... Attendant (uncredited)
William Graeff Jr. William Graeff Jr. ... Emergency Switch Operator (uncredited)
Clarke Hardwicke Clarke Hardwicke ... Enola Gay Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Sam Harris Sam Harris ... Scientist on Plane (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Harried Editor (uncredited)
Bill Hickman ... Barometric Observer (uncredited)
Russell Hicks ... General (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Gate Guard (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Soldier at Airfield (uncredited)
James Horne Jr. James Horne Jr. ... Barmetric Observer (uncredited)
Anne Howard Anne Howard ... English Laboratory Assistant (uncredited)
Jimmy Hunt ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ... Senior Engineer (uncredited)
John James ... Engineer (uncredited)
William Janssen William Janssen ... Instrument Operator (uncredited)
Bobby Jordan ... Radioman on Tinian Receiving A-Bomb Message (uncredited)
Tommy Kelly ... Mack (uncredited)
John B. Kennedy John B. Kennedy ... Himself - Newsreel Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Mike Killian Mike Killian ... Senior Engineer (uncredited)
Martin Kosleck ... Dr. O. E. Frisch (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Construction Engineer (uncredited)
Al Kunde Al Kunde ... Evictee (uncredited)
Peter Lawford ... Member of Military Personnel (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Lee Jack Lee ... General Groves' Aide (uncredited)
William F. Leicester William F. Leicester ... Enola Gay Flight Engineer (uncredited)
Frank Leigh Frank Leigh ... British General (uncredited)
James B. Leong James B. Leong ... Japanese Army Officer (uncredited)
Weaver Levy Weaver Levy ... Japanese Sailor (uncredited)
Donald S. Lewis Donald S. Lewis ... Secret Service Man (uncredited)
King Lockwood King Lockwood ... Colonel Nichols (uncredited)
Richard Loo ... Japanese Officer (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Keith (uncredited)
Jack Manolas Jack Manolas ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Chris-Pin Martin ... Mexican Man (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Workman (uncredited)
Roger McGee Roger McGee ... Scientist (uncredited)
Michael McGrath Michael McGrath ... Dr. Kistiakonsky (uncredited)
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Patricia Medina ... Mrs. Wyatt (uncredited)
Danny Merrill Danny Merrill ... Scientist (uncredited)
Sybil Merritt Sybil Merritt ... Cute Guide (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Milkman (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Briefing Officer (uncredited)
Merlyn Nelson Merlyn Nelson ... Evictee (uncredited)
James Nolan ... President Roosevelt's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Industrialist (uncredited)
Larry Nunn ... Worried GI (uncredited)
Fred Nurney Fred Nurney ... Nazi Officer (uncredited)
Ray Page Ray Page ... Meter Man (uncredited)
Eddie Parks ... Bewildered Civilian (uncredited)
Charles Peck Charles Peck ... GI Messenger (uncredited)
Ray Pemberton Ray Pemberton ... Electronics Engineer (uncredited)
Bob Pepper Bob Pepper ... Crewman (uncredited)
George Peters George Peters ... Nurse (uncredited)
Tom Pilkington Tom Pilkington ... Man with Counter (uncredited)
Otto Reichow Otto Reichow ... Nazi Officer (uncredited)
William Roberts ... Enola Gay Radio Operator (uncredited)
Ellen Ross ... Waitress (uncredited)
Carl Saxe Carl Saxe ... German General's Aide (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell Frank J. Scannell ... Winne (uncredited)
Jerry Schumacher Jerry Schumacher ... Nazi Officer (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... Nazi Police Officer (uncredited)
Dorothy Scott Dorothy Scott ... Laboratory Assistant (uncredited)
Robin Short Robin Short ... Young Scientist (uncredited)
Leslie Sketchley Leslie Sketchley ... Soldier (uncredited)
Buster Slaven ... Enola Gay Assistant Gunner (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith J. Lewis Smith ... Wolfish Soldier (uncredited)
Eunice Soo-Hoo Eunice Soo-Hoo ... Japanese Child (uncredited)
Robert Spencer Robert Spencer ... Nuclear Scientist (uncredited)
Jack Sterling Jack Sterling ... Enola Gay Tail Gunner (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Man at Time Capsule Ceremony (uncredited)
Cedric Stevens Cedric Stevens ... Evictee (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Soldier at A-Bomb Test (uncredited)
Richard Terry Richard Terry ... Enola Gay Radarman (uncredited)
David Thursby David Thursby ... English Bobby (uncredited)
Frank Tomlinson Frank Tomlinson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Travell George Travell ... Tinian Co-Pilot (uncredited)
H.T. Tsiang H.T. Tsiang ... Professor Okani (uncredited)
George Turner ... Pilot (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Man (uncredited)
William Van Vleck William Van Vleck ... Evictee (uncredited)
Leslie Vincent Leslie Vincent ... English Junior Scientist (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Medical Major (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart Hans von Morhart ... Danish Customs Man (uncredited)
Eddy Waller ... Man (uncredited)
Constance Weiler ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry T. Wensel Harry T. Wensel ... Wensel (uncredited)
Carl Wester Carl Wester ... Construction Engineer (uncredited)
Guy Williams ... Enola Gay Bombardier (uncredited)
Ronald Wong Ronald Wong ... Japanese Child (uncredited)
Jack Worth Jack Worth ... Nazi Officer (uncredited)

Produced by 

Samuel Marx ... producer

Music by 

Daniele Amfitheatrof

Cinematography by 

Ray June

Film Editing by 

George Boemler

Art Direction by 

Cedric Gibbons
Hans Peters

Set Decoration by 

F. Keogh Gleason ... (as Keogh Gleason)
Edwin B. Willis

Makeup Department 

Jack Dawn ... makeup creator

Production Management 

Sergei Petschnikoff ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Stanley Goldsmith ... assistant director (uncredited)
Frank E. Myers ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department 

Douglas Shearer ... recording director

Special Effects by 

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

Camera and Electrical Department 

Paul Mantz ... aerial director of photography

Casting Department 

Bobby Webb ... casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

Irene ... costume supervisor

Editorial Department 

Peter Ballbusch ... montage

Music Department 

Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew 

William A. Consodine ... technical advisor: military
David Hawkins ... scientific technical advisor (as Dr. David Hawkins)
W. Bradford Shank ... scientific technical advisor
Charles W. Sweeney ... technical advisor: military
Edward R. Tompkins ... scientific technical advisor (as Dr. Edward R. Tompkins)
H.T. Wensel ... scientific technical advisor (as Dr. H.T. Wensel)
Paul Van Sloun ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis ... advisor (uncredited)

Thanks 

Tony Owen ... acknowledgment: for his cooperation

See also

Release Dates | Official Sites | Company Credits | Filming & Production | Technical Specs

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