Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: June 5, 2007
- Originally Released: 1944
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Mono 1.0 English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson & Robert Walker|
|Performer:||Scott McKay, John Reilly, Don DeFore, Robert Mitchum & Phyllis Thaxter|
|Directed by||Mervyn LeRoy|
|Edited by||Frank Sullivan|
|Written by||Dalton Trumbo|
|Composition by||Herbert Stothart|
|Art Direction by||Cedric Gibbons & Paul Groesse|
|Produced by||Sam Zimbalist|
|Director of Photography:||Harold Rosson|
Academy Awards 1944 - Best Sound Effects
Academy Awards 1944 - Best Special Effects
Rating: 4/5 -- After an overly mushy first half, the movie redeems itself with a second act that is decidedly dark and dreary and an extended air combat sequence that's still amazing nearly 70 years later. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- wonderful WWII propaganda drama with sincere performances by the cast. Special effects bombing sequence of Tokyo isn't bad either.
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Rating: B+ -- Mervyn LeRoy's fact-based WWII action-drama was extremely popular due to subject matter, star power (Spencer Tracy), Oscar-winning effects, and intelligent script by Dalton Trumbo, later blacklisted and one of the Hollywood Ten. Full Review
Rating: B -- It's winsome because of its sincerity, painting a sympathetic portrait of the men who carried out this dangerous mission. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Shortly after the bombing on Pearl Harbor, the American military began preparation for a retaliatory attack. The story of that mission is presented in THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO, based on the memoirs of Captain Ted Lawson, who flew one of the 16 twin-engine bombers over Tokyo. Spencer Tracy plays Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, the leader of the mission, while VAN JOHNSON plays the leading role of Captain Ted Lawson, whose bomber also carries star Robert Mitchum. A variety of factors makes the mission exceptionally dangerous: Twin-engine bombers had never taken off from an aircraft carrier previously; the bombers needed to fly in low, pretending to be Japanese aircraft; and the oversize bombers couldn't return to the aircraft carrier, so the intended landing site was behind enemy lines in China. With its almost documentary-style approach, THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO is perhaps the finest film about World War II made during the war itself.
Pearl Harbor has just been attacked, and the American army plans to retaliate by bombing Tokyo. As the airmen prepare for this dangerous mission, they and their loved ones try to deal with and overcome their fear.
- Having played the war hero twice already, Spencer Tracy took the small role in order to help boost the career of his friend Van Johnson.
- General Doolittle, played by Spencer Tracy, was a real-life war hero who had established himself as a pilot in 1922, when he completed the first flight across the contiguous United States.
- Phyllis Thaxter and Steve Brodie made their screen debuts in THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO.
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