Watch: Bombardier 1943 123movies, Full Movie Online – Major Chick Davis proves to the U.S. Army the superiority of high altitude precision bombing, and establishes a school for bombardiers. Training is followed in semi-documentary style, with personal dramas in subplots. The climax is a spectacular, if somewhat jingoistic, battle sequence..
Plot: A documentary/drama about the training of bombardiers during WWII. Major Chick Davis proves to the U.S. Army the superiority of high altitude precision bombing, and establishes a school for bombardiers. Training is followed in semi-documentary style, with personal dramas in subplots. The climax is a spectacular, if somewhat jingoistic, battle sequence.
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Flawed but still excellent
I wasn’t sure at first if I was watching a documentary, propaganda film or dramatic presentation. I guess given the time of production it was a mix of all three.
Admittedly the dramatic plot was somewhat predictable. But you had a sense that there would be some interesting scenes as the movie went on. We were able to witness what appeared to be realistic training regimens and equipment.
Where this movie came together for me was closer to the end. The scenes had a realism (at least as I perceived it) that I haven’t encountered often before. You could place yourself in the action and imagine the thoughts of the young combatants. This was mixed in with the usual problems of portraying passable Japanese soldiers at a time when you might think real Japanese actors would be somewhat scarce.
The movie is excellent as a source of the state of the American mindset in 1943 as the war waged with Japan. Also of interest was a dig at the Japanese with respect to the help the USA gave Japan in past years.
So that’s how they did it?
This 1943 film by RKO is among several that Hollywood and/or the War Department put out during the early months and years of World War II. It’s a mix of genres. The war action comes at the end. A docu-drama style tells the story of the bombardier school and training. Hollywood adds its usual touch of romance, but lightly. The drama is there – even in the training. And, of course, it’s a propaganda film. Propaganda surely had its place in WWII – to help sustain public morale, build support for the U.S. cause and efforts, and give the public a picture of some of the troops, training, and campaigns.
“Bombardier” tells and shows us the early days of training for this new position in the Army Air Forces – precursor of the U.S. Air Force. As such, it’s a good educational piece for the public, then and now. The men who went into combat in different roles weren’t tossed together and sent into combat. They were trained first. And for some fields, the training was highly specialized and detailed. This film shows very well that detail, study and science that went into the training of bombardiers. These men indeed played a critical role in destroying enemy armament production, fuel depots and major supplies – and in so doing, helped end the war much earlier than it would have otherwise concluded.
Many have said it since the first attribution to Civil War Gen. William T. Sherman, that “War is hell!” But once a nation is in a war, it should do everything possible to end it as soon as possible.
Many war movies have been made, especially about the two “great” world wars of the 20th century. They have variously focused on the action of troops in battles, assaults from the sea, naval engagements or air combat. Most give us a picture, however much Hollywood may “tweak” it, of the human conditions, relationships, and characters. Often times they include the strategic plans of real battle scenes. These are the things that most interest people, or “entertain” audiences for this genre. But films such as “Bombardier” add another value in educating and informing the public of what went into the readying of our nation for war, and our ability to win and end it as soon as possible.
As an Army paratrooper veteran, I enjoy learning about the “how-to” that men and women learn in the different combat and support specialties of our armed services. People who approach war movies in a similar frame of mind will be much more likely to enjoy them. I highly recommend “Bombardier” as an informative, action-filled and historical war movie.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 39 min (99 min), 1 hr 19 min (79 min) (West Germany)
Genre Drama, War
Director Richard Wallace, Lambert Hillyer
Writer John Twist, Martin Rackin
Actors Pat O’Brien, Randolph Scott, Anne Shirley
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 1 nomination total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Laboratory RKO Studio Lab, USA
Film Length 2,719.12 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm