Command Decision

Starring: Clark Gable Director: Sam Wood
Heroes, cowards, fighters, braggarts, liars... and what goes on in their hearts!
Command Decision
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
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  • Originally Released: 1948
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono 1.0 English

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Product Description:

Silver-screen giant Clark Gable plays General K.C. (Casey) Dennis, a man determined to destroy the production of a new German jet plane via precision aerial bombings during daylight hours. Walter Pidgeon plays his superior officer, General Roland Kane, a man all too aware that military bosses in D.C. are looking over their shoulders to determine whether daylight bombing is effective. To boot, Dennis is consistently dogged by newspaperman Elmer Brockhurst, who reports back to the home front regarding the heavy economic and manpower losses that result from Dennis's orders. Soon Dennis finds his tactics directly opposed by Arthur Malcolm (Edward Arnold), a powerful congressman, and General Kane ceases to support Dennis.

There are no combat scenes in COMMAND DECISION. Instead, the script brilliantly supplies an insightful examination of the politics of war and the insides of a man brutalized by them. Gable turns in a fine performance, which is easy to miss amid the brilliance that surrounds it--Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon, and Edward Arnold all shine in COMMAND DECISION.

Plot Synopsis:

This adaptation of William Wister Haines's play examines World War II air force generals engaged in life-or-death decision-making processes and their struggle to choose between effectiveness and morality. Director Sam Wood's film is a compelling study of a commanding officer's struggle between doing what is right and what looks good to the public.


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  • Previous to filming, Gable was decorated as a war hero for the dangerous air force missions he flew over Germany.

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Customer Rating: Rating 4.6
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Rating 4.5 Command Decision Movie Lover: from WINNIPEG, MB CA -- January, 15, 2011

Excellent flying movie with the creme de la creme,of actors Clarke Gable, Walter Pidgeon{ Canadian},Van Johnson,and Brian Donlevy.
The portrayal of the life and death decisions, that Generals have to make,in the face of grave consequences if they make the wrong ones.The wearing stress and burden that is placed upon them
to win at all costs for our freedom.

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