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Bombardier

Released May 14, 1943 1h 39m War List
Reviews 55% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings It's World War II, and young men are being turned into bomber pilots. Training them are Maj. Chick Davis (Pat O'Brien) and Capt. Buck Oliver (Randolph Scott), old chums who disagree about how to best win the war. As they train their fighting force, Davis and Oliver must overcome their cadets' fears, combat espionage and learn to put aside their rivalry. Romantic intrigue comes courtesy of Burt Hughes (Anne Shirley), the Bombardier Training School's much sought-after secretary. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews This entertaining but dated wartime propaganda film from RKO could just as easily serve as a recruitment poster. Rated: C+ Aug 29, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Terry B Solid WW2 piece about the training of precision bombers in the early days of the war. A morale booster for sure with the ever dependable Pat O''Brien, Robert Ryan and Randolph Scott. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/09/16 Full Review Audience Member an entertaining WWII pic made during WWII 4 RKO. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Some striking wartime imagery but not a classic. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member 2.5: I purchased this film because it was filmed during WWII on the newly-formed Airbase that is now Kirtland AFB (where I work). Sadly, one doesn't get to see a whole lot of the base apart from a dusty airfield and some hazy mountains (the Manzano's and Sandia's) in the background. It's an interesting picture in that I can't recall too many war films that are so heavily focused on the training element of warfare. Almost the entire film is devoted to the sometimes serious, but mainly lighthearted actions of a squadron of bombardiers at their technical school. The other unusual part of the film was the depiction of Japanese soldiers once they have graduated and are off on their first bombing mission. I don't recall seeing the enemy this up close and personal in a film that was actually made during the war before. It's common in films made after the conclusion of the war, but not during to the best of my knowledge. The bleeping out of profanity via the roar of airplane engines was also pretty innovative. It's pretty much a standard hokey war film. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Unapologetic wartime propaganda providing an account of the Bombardier units from the States. Can be stirring, but its one-sided heroic nature makes it disappointing. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member awesome WWii movie during WWII it has an urgency which reflected the times, in 1943 the outcome of the war was still uncertain and that comes through in this pic but in a positive way call it propaganda but it makes for interesting watching. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis It's World War II, and young men are being turned into bomber pilots. Training them are Maj. Chick Davis (Pat O'Brien) and Capt. Buck Oliver (Randolph Scott), old chums who disagree about how to best win the war. As they train their fighting force, Davis and Oliver must overcome their cadets' fears, combat espionage and learn to put aside their rivalry. Romantic intrigue comes courtesy of Burt Hughes (Anne Shirley), the Bombardier Training School's much sought-after secretary.
Director
Richard Wallace
Producer
Robert Fellows
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
War
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
May 14, 1943, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 39m
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