Air Force
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On December 6, 1941, a squadron of nine B-17 bombers takes off for Hickam Field, HI. The crew of the Mary Ann, including two new men, assistant radio man Private Chester (Ray Montgomery) and gunner Sergeant Joe Winocki (John Garfield), assembles for the flight, and in the first 20 minutes, the movie reveals certain things about the crew: the shadowy past of one, the mother of another, and the wife of a third; two of them are good friends with the sister of McMartin (Arthur Kennedy), the bombardier, who lives in Honolulu; the son of the senior member of the crew, Sgt. White (Harry Carey Sr.),… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"Although it draws about the longest and most pliant bow that has ever been drawn in the line of fanciful war films and goes completely overboard in the last reel, it is still a continuously fascinating, frequently thrilling and occasionally exalting show."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The versatile Howard Hawks combines personal experience and knowing skills in directing this enjoyable WWII propaganda movie, which was nominated for four Oscars, winning one for editing."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"For a propaganda film, this one is superior."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Howard Hawks finds a perfect vehicle for his study of the male group. William Faulkner polished the dialogue, but as a silent it would still be tremendously exciting and evocative."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Gritty, emotional actioner made at height of WWII. Strong cast."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"It isn't one of the director's most impressive outputs, but when a solid genre entry such as this is one of your "lesser" films, it says a lot about the quality of your work."
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"A cheery bit of war propaganda that feels cringeworthy today, in which American soldiers seem extraordinarily giddy about the prospect of near-certain death, coupled with some terrible special-effects miniatures."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"All of director Howard Hawks' skills are on display in this exciting, crackerjack WWII film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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