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Air Force (1943)

Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 20 March 1943 (USA)
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The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writer:

Dudley Nichols (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ridgely ... Pilot
Gig Young ... Co-Pilot
Arthur Kennedy ... Bombardier
Charles Drake ... Navigator
Harry Carey ... Crew Chief Sgt. White
George Tobias ... Asst. Crew Chief
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Radio Operator
Ray Montgomery ... Asst. Radio Operator
John Garfield ... Aerial Gunner Joe Winocki
James Brown ... Pursuit Pilot - Passenger
Stanley Ridges ... Major Mallory
Willard Robertson ... Colonel at Hickam Field
Moroni Olsen ... Col. Blake
Edward Brophy ... Marine Sgt. J.J. Callahan (as Edward S. Brophy)
Richard Lane ... Maj. W.G. Roberts
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Storyline

On December 6, 1941 nine B-17 bomber set off on a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii. One of the bombers, the Mary Ann, is commanded by 'Irish' Quincannon. The bombardier, Tommy McMartin, has a sister living in Hawaii and the co-pilot, Bill Williams, is sweet on her. The men are all highly professional with the exception of aerial gunner Joe Winocki, a bitter man who has every intention of leaving the army air corps. They arrive at Hickam Field on the morning of December 7, just as the Japanese are attacking Pearl Harbor and other military facilities. All of the men prepare to face the enemy, including Winocki whose attitude changes quickly. The bomber and its crew will participate in many missions but not all will survive. Written by garykmcd

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The name of their love was Mary Ann. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

20 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El bombardero heroico See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Barbara, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,646,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,616,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,129,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. 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

Actual newsreel footage was expertly inserted into the film, including scenes from the Battle of the Coral Sea. See more »

Goofs

Sergeant Winocki is described as being a "tail gunner" but the B-17D, the model used in the film, didn't have a tail gunner position. That came with the redesigned B-17E. It is important to note, however, that in the earlier B-17 models, the waist positions functioned as the tail gunners as well. This was accomplished by fishtailing the aircraft from side to side to give the waist gunners a clear shot behind the aircraft, as seen in the film. Referring to Winocki as a "tail gunner" is not incorrect, since any number of descriptions apply in this case. See more »

Quotes

Pilot Irish Quincannon: Pilot to crew: take a good look at Pearl Harbor. Maybe it's something you'll want to remember.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: FOREWARD "It is for us the living .... to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced ..... It is ......for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us ..... that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Abraham Lincoln See more »

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Featured in Warner at War (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I Get a Kick Out of You
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Background music before the briefing in Australia
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A more important film than the latté crowd may realize.
1 December 2001 | by tbright1See all my reviews

The "Got him!" dogfight in Star Wars was practically cut-by-cut from Air Force (just as Indiana Jones lifted the Big Round Boulder scene directly from an Uncle Scrooge comic, but that's another review). Air Force's Dying Pilot scene (check-listing his crew for takeoff, job by job, and they respond) is almost unendurable to any man who has worked in danger and loss with other men. The crew's field-modifying the pre-G-series B-17 to equip it with an effective tail gun, (and stripping hulks for usable parts!) helped prepared me as a boy of the 1950s for my young manhood up on the high banks of Talladega and Daytona, and for business and traffic today. I trust our current young soldiers have found their own examples for courage and resourcefulness as they defend us today.


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