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Air Force

Air Force
Movie: Air Force(1943)[tt0035616] 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 bygarykmcd
Title Air Force
Release Date 20 March 1943 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Action, Drama, History, War
Production Companies Warner Bros.
John Ridgely
John Ridgely...
Pilot...
Gig Young
Gig Young...
Co-Pilot...
Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy...
Bombardier...
Charles Drake
Charles Drake...
Navigator...
Harry Carey
Harry Carey...
Crew Chief Sgt. White...
George Tobias
George Tobias...
Asst. Crew Chief...
Ray Montgomery
Ray Montgomery...
Asst. Radio Operator...
John Garfield
John Garfield...
Aerial Gunner Joe Winocki...
James Brown
James Brown...
Pursuit Pilot - Passenger...
Stanley Ridges
Stanley Ridges...
Major Mallory...
Willard Robertson
Willard Robertson...
Colonel at Hickam Field...
Moroni Olsen
Moroni Olsen...
Col. Blake...
Edward Brophy
Edward Brophy...
Marine Sgt. J.J. Callahan...
Richard Lane
Richard Lane...
Maj. W.G. Roberts...

Reviews

dglink on 12 January 2005
Howard Hawk's "Air Force" is another in a long list of patriotic films about America's fighting men during World War II that were made to raise the spirits of audiences back home. Stereotypes abound, clich├ęs come hard and fast, and the hokum flies faster than the planes as a flying fortress on a routine reconnaissance flight from California in early December 1941 is enmeshed in the Japanese attacks on U.S. Pacific bases. However, despite the requisite sentiment that includes cloying death bed scenes, teary-eyed mothers, and even a stowaway dog, "Air Force" stays on course under Hawk's steady direction and is fairly entertaining fare. The strong cast, which includes John Garfield, Gig Young, and Arthur Kennedy, is excellent and delivers the uninspired dialog with credibility. Although the considerable talents of these actors are not taxed, Garfield plays to type as the cynic who rises to handle the unfolding events, and a mustached Young provides solid support as the co-pilot. In addition to the cast, James Wong Howe's dramatic black and white cinematography is another major asset, and viewers have much time to admire his work with light and shadow during the talky episodes that take place within the claustrophobic plane. While there are too many stretches of dialog during the early part of the movie, a climactic air/sea battle brings the film to an exciting conclusion. A fine cast, outstanding photography, and a few good action sequences outweigh the overused plot devices and deliver an entertaining film that will quickly become blurred in memory with dozens of other similar war films made during the mid-1940's.

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