Air Force

Air Force

John Ridgely
Director: Howard Hawks Cast: John Ridgely
John Ridgely
, Gig Young
Gig Young
, Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
Howard Hawks

DVD (Full Frame)



The 1943 Howard Hawks-directed Air Force comes at the attack on Pearl Harbor from a side angle, opening with a squadron of nine B-17 bombers takes off for Hickam Field, Hawaii, on December 6, 1941. 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.), is a pilot stationed at Clark Field in the Philippines. Then more characters make entrances: the aircraft commander Quincannon (John Ridgely); Weinberg (George Tobias), a Jewish mechanic from New York; and a man from a farm in the upper Midwest -- they all represent a broad cross-section of America as it saw itself, and the "regular guys" in the Army Air Force as it existed in 1941. The flight proceeds without incident. Winocki, an embittered, washed-out flight school candidate who accidentally killed another pilot, is about to leave the service when the weather report from Hickam Field is interrupted, and the radio man begins picking up transmissions in Japanese. The Mary Ann and the rest of the squadron fly right into the middle of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor unarmed and out of gas, and nearly crack up landing on an emergency field; no sooner do they make repairs than the crew comes under attack, and the plane takes off and makes for Hickam Field, which they find a flaming shambles. They fly on to the Philippines, stopping at Wake Island just long enough to meet a few members of the doomed Marine garrison, taking their company mascot, a dog, with them. At Clark Field, the Mary Ann and her crew finally go into action against the enemy, flying in alone against a Japanese invasion force; Quincannon is mortally wounded in the brief action, which leaves the plane damaged seemingly beyond repair. The remaining crew won't give up the plane, however, even when ordered to abandon and destroy her; they get the bomber off just ahead of the advancing Japanese, and survive to help bring retribution to the invading fleet and the Japanese empire.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/11/2013
UPC: 0883316716526
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:04:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Ridgely Capt. Michael A. Quincannon
Gig Young Lt. Xavier Bill Williams
Arthur Kennedy Lt. Tommy McMartin
Harry Carey Sgt. R. L. White
Charles Drake Lt. M. W. Hauser
John Garfield Sgt. John B. Winocki
George Tobias Cpl. B. B. Weinberg
Ward Wood Cpl. Gus Peterson
Ray Montgomery Private H. W. Chester
James Brown Lt. T. A. Rader
Willard Robertson Col.
Moroni Olsen Col. Blake
Edward S. Brophy Sgt. J.J. Callahan
Richard Lane Maj. W.G. Roberts
Bill Crago Lt. Moran
Faye Emerson Susan McMartin
Addison Richards Maj. Daniels
James Flavin Maj. A.M. Bagley
Ann Doran Mary Quincannon
Dorothy Peterson Mrs. Chester
Murray Alper Corporal of Demolition Squad
Lynne Baggett Nurse
Leah Baird 2nd nurse
Henry Blair Quincannon's son
Rand Brooks Co-pilot
James Bush 2nd control officer
Warren Douglas Control officer
Theodore Von Eltz 1st lieutenant
Ross Ford 2nd lieutenant
Ruth Ford Nurse
William Forrest Jack Harper
Sol (Saul) Gorss Sergeant
William Hopper Sergeant
Marjorie Hoshelle Nurse
James Millican Marine with dog
Tom Neal Marine
George Neise Hickam Field Officer
Ted Offenbecker Actor
George Offerman Ground crewman
Stanley Ridges Maj. Mallory
Walter Sande Joe

Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director
George J. Amy Editor
Roy Davidson Special Effects
Elmer Dyer Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
John Hughes Art Director
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Charles Marshall Cinematographer
Dudley Nichols Screenwriter
Jack Sullivan Asst. Director
Elmer Syer Cinematographer
Walter F. Tilford Set Decoration/Design
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Rex Wimpy Special Effects
William Faulkner Source Author

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