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Bombardier Details


A major moneymaker for RKO Radio, Bombardier stars Pat O'Brien and Randolph Scott as trainers at a school for bomber pilots. O'Brien and Scott argue over teaching methods, while their students vie for the affections of Anne Shirley. O'Brien's methods prove sound during a bombing raid over Tokyo. Scott and his crew are captured and tortured by the Japanese, but the mortally wounded Scott manages to set fire to a gas truck, providing a perfect target for his fellow bombardiers. Stylistically, Bombardier is one of the most schizophrenic of war films, with moments of subtle poignancy (the death of trainee Eddie Albert) alternating with scenes of ludicrous "Yellow Peril" melodrama (the Japanese literally hiss through their teeth as they torture the helpless Americans). Though it can't help but seem dated today, Bombardier remains an entertaining propaganda effort (the film is sometimes erroneously listed as the debut of Robert Ryan, who'd actually been appearing before the cameras since 1940). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roy Granville Best Special Effects 1943 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vernon Walker Best Special Effects 1943 Nominee


Pat O'Brien
as Maj. Chick Davis
Randolph Scott
as Capt. Buck Oliver
Anne Shirley
as Burt Hughes
Eddie Albert
as Tom Hughes
Walter Reed
as Jim Carter
Robert Ryan
as Joe Connors
Barton MacLane
as Sgt. Archie Dixon
Leonard Strong
as Japanese Officer
Richard Martin
as Chito Rafferty
Russell Wade
as Paul Harris
James Newill
as Capt. Rand
John Miljan
as Chaplain Charlie Craig
Abner Biberman
Neil Hamilton
Herbert Heyes
Lloyd Ingraham
Joseph King
Robert Middlemass
Lee Shumway
Charles D. Brown
as Officer at briefing


Richard Wallace
Derek N. Twist
John Twist
Nick Musuraca
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Wise
Albert S. D'Agostino
Production Designer
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Roy Granville
Sound/Sound Designer
Vernon Walker
Special Effects
Martin Rackin
Short Story Author