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Bombardier (1943)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Romance | 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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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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:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard Martin plays a character named "Chito Rafferty". He appeared as Tim Holt's sidekick, Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustemonte Rafferty, in Holt's RKO series of "B" westerns in the 1940s and 1950s. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie Capt. Buck Scott's (Randolph Scott) plane is shot down. As the plane is going down, the bombardier, Joe Connors (Robert Ryan), must destroy the bomb sight. In one scene, he pulls a .45 semi-auto (M1911), cocks it, and fires one shot. In a subsequent scene, he fires multiple shots but he is now shown firing a revolver. This most likely is because blanks fired from a semi-automatic generally do not have enough energy to "cycle" the weapon in order to chamber another round (thus, one shot and done). A revolver firing blanks has no such limitation.The raid over Tokyo did not use the Norden bomb sight a simple directional linear sight was used. The high risk mission meant some airships would be shot down or captured in China resulting in the fear the Norden sight being captured. 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 The Wizard of Oz (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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Summary: The man in command
11 February 2000 | by dexter-10See all my reviews

There is no question as to who is in command of the training of cadets in this film: Major Chick Davis (Pat O'Brien). O'Brien plays an officer who adheres to military discipline in the creation of a new kind of soldier from his cadets--the bombardier. But he is not so rigid as to be unfair or unfriendly. In fact, he even changes his opinion as to the value of women working in the military. He's tough when he has to be, yet at other times he is a clear mix of coach and pastor, roles he perfected in other films. His character is the foundation of the action around which everything revolves. O'Brien seems natural in the role, and plays it in fine fashion. Two things help this movie: O'Brien's performance and the spectacular special effects ending.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

19° stormo bombardieri See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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