Pat O'Brien
Director: Richard Wallace Cast: Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien
, Randolph Scott
Randolph Scott
, Anne Shirley
Anne Shirley
Richard Wallace


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A major moneymaker for RKO Radio, Bombardier stars Pat O'Brien and Randolph Scott as trainers at a school for bomber pilots. O'Brien and Scott argue over teaching methods, while their students vie for the affections of Anne Shirley. O'Brien's methods prove sound during a bombing raid over Tokyo. Scott and his crew are captured and tortured by the Japanese, but the mortally wounded Scott manages to set fire to a gas truck, providing a perfect target for his fellow bombardiers. Stylistically, Bombardier is one of the most schizophrenic of war films, with moments of subtle poignancy (the death of trainee Eddie Albert) alternating with scenes of ludicrous "Yellow Peril" melodrama (the Japanese literally hiss through their teeth as they torture the helpless Americans). Though it can't help but seem dated today, Bombardier remains an entertaining propaganda effort (the film is sometimes erroneously listed as the debut of Robert Ryan, who'd actually been appearing before the cameras since 1940).

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2011
UPC: 0883316266373
Original Release: 1943
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 8,005

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pat O'Brien Maj. Chick Davis
Randolph Scott Capt. Buck Oliver
Anne Shirley Burt 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
Abner Biberman Actor
Neil Hamilton Actor
Herbert Heyes Actor
Lloyd Ingraham Actor
Joseph King Actor
Robert Middlemass Actor
Edward Peil Actor
Lee Shumway Actor
Charles D. Brown Officer at briefing

Technical Credits
Richard Wallace Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Claude E. Carpenter Set Decoration/Design
Albert S. D'Agostino Production Designer
Robert M. Fellows Producer
Roy Granville Sound/Sound Designer
Alfred Herman Art Director,Production Designer
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Douglas Travers Special Effects
John Twist Screenwriter
Derek N. Twist Screenwriter
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Roy Webb Score Composer
Robert Wise Editor

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