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- kevin sellers
With the notable exception of the harrowing plane landing scene this film lacks the essential ingredient that all good war movies must have; ACTION!! Just a lotta generals and colonels sitting or standing around, talking. At great length. And when they're not talking they're smoking cigars and/or looking at bomb site photos. That some of the pontificating heads belong to Gable, Pidgeon, Donlevy, Hodiak, and Bickford, good actors all, is the only reason to give this one a very generous C plus.
A Class Tribute
- Joe M
Clark Gable without question was a great actor, this was the first time I had ever seen this picture and was really impressed. Remember that in many of his pictures he was the handsome and dashing type guy and a woman or women were directly or indirectly associated with him in some sort of romance. But his performance as a general and a person of tremendous responsibility was something, the part was dramatic and heart felt and was delivered as only a person of depth and professionalism could do. His portrayal of the part did him and military commanders true justice. I also realize he had another great picture in Run Silent Run Deep witch confirmed this great film.As another review said this picture should be shown on days that we honor our military. For those men who had to make decisions knowing that some would not come back were forced to live with that forever and for the men that had to complete these missions would never be the same either is a tribute to all of them.Last I mentioned women, and so many mothers, wives, sister, and girl friends would in this story be affected and never must be forgotten. The film and Clark Gable was a stand out
A Memorial and Veterans Day must have.
- Matt Septynski
This WW2 classic along with 12'oclock High should be shown every Memorial Day and Veterans Day each year. They both show the emotional pressure and agony that airmen faced when they were sent up to face the enemy. Clark Gable and Gregory Peck and the other actors portray what they had to do to ordering these crews up knowing how great the losses would be. This is one of the Best Films depicting WW2. God Bless all our Vets.
A Disappointing Omission
- David H.
I'm disappointed that Command Decision was not included in your Clark Gable retrospective this month or the Memorial Day Marathon. Like Twelve O'Clock High it is about the pressures of command, but considerably more dramatic. As the commander of a bombing squadron Gable give his best postwar performance, at least until The Misfits. In light of his wartime experience following the tragic loss of third wife Carole Lombard, it is a role he born to play. I agree with others who've commented the quality of programming at TCM has declined in the wake of Robert Osborne's passing. War is serious business and to put on fluff such as No Time For Sergeants or Kelly's Heroes at a time when we are remembering the casualties of war is both idiotic and disrespectful.
Good portrait of combat during WWII,
Along with 12 O'clock high, this is the premier film that depicts the pathos, and some comedy demonstrated by Van Johnson as he depicted the sergeant who "really ran the show". I gave the film 5 stars, but like all films about flying this had some annoying flaws. For those of us who were in the Air Force, and especially those of us who earned the Air Force Wings, we do not like to see them on a gunner. They had their own wings, as did navigator and bombardier. Any other enlisted man, had wings that were smaller and had a circle in the center.The fuss about someone having a baby, in the middle of a mission is pure hollywood, obviously not accurate, and it does take away from the somber and serious time during a maximum effort into Germany.The person who wrote the synopsis is also at fault for describing this film as events happening at the end of WWII. In fact, this was at the very beginning of the 8th Air Force's attempt to bomb Germany, which began in 1943. The US was only a year into the War, and two plus years from the end.
thought provoking war drama
- george snedker
stagey but first class war drama about the generals who send their men on missions with the heavy losses that occur.
A great film compliment to "12 O'Clock High".
- Joey Ocampo
This drama ranks high in my list of 'must-have' WWII films of the Mighty 8th Air Force second only "12 O'Clock High! General Dennis of the US Force in England in World War II finds that he must order his planes deeper and deeper into Germany to prevent the production of military jet planes that will turn the tide of battle to the Germans. He must fight congressmen, and his own chain of command to win the political battle before he can send his planes out. His problem is complicated by a very narrow window of good weather necessary to allow his effort to be successful. Adapted from a stage play, it attempts to look at the challenges of command in the political arena.