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Captain Eddie Details


Famed WW1 aviator Eddie Rickenbacker once more entered the public's consciousness during WW2 when, while serving as an Air Force officer, he and several other pilots crashed into the Pacific. While the world anxiously awaited news of his fate, Rickenbacker and a handful of survivors floated for 19 days in a tiny rubber raft. Captain Eddie recreates this incident, using it as a framework for a series of flashbacks in which Rickenbacker (Fred MacMurray) reminisces on the high points of his life. He is seen experimenting with aviation in his backyard, working in an auto factory to finance his earliest flights, and wooing and winning the lovely Adelaide (Lynn Bari). When America enters WW1, Rickenbacker immediately signs up, eventually shooting down more enemy planes than any other American aviator. Back in "the present", Rickenbacker and his comrades (including Lloyd Nolan and Richard Conte as Lt. Whittaker and Private Bartek) struggle to stay alive while awaiting rescue. Darryl Hickman plays Rickenbacker as a boy, while Charles Bickford portrays his father William. The huge supporting cast includes amusing unbilled contributions by Grady Sutton ("The schottische is my fav-or-ite dance!") and George Chandler. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roger Heman Best Special Effects 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fred Sersen Best Special Effects 1945 Nominee


Fred MacMurray
as Edward Rickenbacker
Lynn Bari
as Adelaide
Charles Bickford
as William Rickenbacker
Thomas Mitchell
as Ike Howard
Lloyd Nolan
as Lt. Whittaker
James Gleason
as Tom Clark
Darryl Hickman
as Eddie Rickenbacker, boy
Spring Byington
as Mrs. Frost
Richard Conte
as Pvt. Bartek
Richard Crane
as Capt. Cherry
Stanley Ridges
as Col. Adamson
Grady Sutton
as Lester Thomas
Dwayne Hickman
as Louis Rickenbacker
Elvin Field
as Bill Rickenbacker
George Mitchell
as Lt. de Angelis
Boyd Davis
as Mr. Frost
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. Westrom
Olin Howland
as Census Taker
Robert Malcolm
as Mr. Foley
Harry Shannon
as Simmons
Virginia Brissac
as Flo Clark
Peter Michael
as Charlie
Fred Essler
as Prof Montagne
Lotte Stein
as Mme. Montagne
Clem Bevans
as Jabez
Chick Chandler
as Lacey
George Chandler
as Heckler
Don Garner
as Sgt. Alex
Robert E. Homans
Chick Chandler
as Lacey
Don Garner
as Sgt. Alex
George Chandler
as Heckler
Clem Bevans
as Jabez


Lloyd Bacon
Joe MacDonald
Cyril Mockridge
Composer (Music Score)
Emil Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
James B. Clark
Fred Sersen
Special Effects