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Men of the Sky (1942)

Approved | | Short, Drama, War | 25 July 1942 (USA)
A propaganda film, made in the early months of World War II, dramatizing a new group of U.S. Army Air Force pilots receiving their wings from Lt. General H.H. Arnold: on off-screen narrator... See full summary »

Director:

B. Reeves Eason

Writer:

Owen Crump
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tod Andrews ... Cadet Frank Bickley (as Michael Ames)
Eleanor Parker ... Mrs. Frank Bickley
Don DeFore ... Cadet Dick Mathews
Ray Montgomery ... Cadet Jim Morgan
Ruth Ford ... Cadet Gladdens' Sweetheart
Dave Willock ... Bob 'Sir Galahad' Gladdens (as David Willock)
Owen Crump Owen Crump ... Narrator (voice)
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A propaganda film, made in the early months of World War II, dramatizing a new group of U.S. Army Air Force pilots receiving their wings from Lt. General H.H. Arnold: on off-screen narrator introduces four of them to us, we see them before the war, during flight training, and in their first assignments as pilots. In flashbacks, we see one with his parents, we meet another's younger brother, we see one with his wife, and meet the fourth pilot's sweetheart. By the film's end, they are flying planes and matériel to General MacArthur in Australia and their families see Air Force planes flying overhead, protecting the nation from invasion. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1941-1942 season) #6: Men of the Sky See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On November 22, 1942, the B-17 in this film with tail number 12536 (serial 41-2536) was lost along with its crew on a mission attacking Japanese ships 60 miles off Lae, New Guinea, when it caught fire and crashed into the sea. No trace of the plane or crew was found. See more »

Crazy Credits

The narrator identifies General Arnold, and General Arnold identifies General Cousins. See more »

Soundtracks

America, the Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Performed by the orchestra toward the end
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Off We Go Into The Wild, Blue Yonder!
1 June 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Owen Crump wrote and narrated this two-reel documentary short about the Army Air Corps in beautiful Technicolor. It's all about the boys next door -- ordinary Joes like Tod Andrews, Dom Defore, and Ray Montgomery -- who leave their pretty but ordinary girls next door like Eleanor Parker and Ruth Ford. They leave their ordinary jobs -- contract players for Warner Brothers, but supposedly working at banks and colleges -- to have their wings pinned on by Hap Arnold and sent off to ferry supplies to another ordinary Joe like Doug MacArthur and bomb the tar out of anyone who'd threaten barefoot kids and their Coca-Cola, because nothing can stop the Army Air Corps!

It's a recruiting short for the Air Corps, offered in finest gung ho fashion by director Breezy Eason. The Technicolor is quite lovely on this short. It's a fine document of its time and the nation at war.


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