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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

During World War II, Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle (Spencer Tracy) leads the U.S. Air Force in a bombing mission over Japan. Doolittle and his men stage a successful attack on Tokyo, but most pilots run out of fuel while returning from the raid. Many are forced to land on Japanese soil, but Capt. Ted Lawson (Van Johnson), who has a pregnant wife at home, crash-lands in the sea off the coast of China. Stranded, Lawson must heroically endure a series of harrowing challenges to make it back home.

  • Release date:November 15, 1944

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Warren Newcombe Best Special Effects 1944 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Douglas Shearer Best Special Effects 1944 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Surtees Best Black and White Cinematography 1944 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arnold A. Gillespie Best Special Effects 1944 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harold Hal Rosson Best Black and White Cinematography 1944 Nominee

Cast

Van Johnson
as Capt. Ted W. Lawson
Robert Walker
as David Thatcher
Phyllis Thaxter
as Ellen Jones Lawson
Tim Murdock
as Dean Davenport
Robert Mitchum
as Bob Gray
Gordon McDonald
as Bob Clever
Spencer Tracy
as Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle
Don DeFore
as Charles McClure
Horace McNally
as Doc White
Donald Curtis
as Lt. Randall
Louis Jean Heydt
as Lt. Miller
William "Bill" Phillips
as Don Smith
Paul Langton
as Capt. Ski York
Leon Ames
as Lt. Cmdr. Jurika
Robert Bice
as Jig White
Alan Napier
as Mr. Parker
June Allyson
Morris Ankrum
as Capt. Halsey
Dorothy Morris
as Jane
Myrna Dell
Bill Williams
as Bud Felton
Selena Royle
as Mrs. Jones
Jay Norris
as Hallmark
Wally Cassell
as Sailor
John Kellogg
as Pilot
Benson Fong
as Young Chung
Steve Brodie
as M.P.
Blake Edwards
as Second Officer
Hazel Brooks
Jacqueline White
as Emmy York
Moroni Olsen
as General
Ann Shoemaker
as Mrs. Parker
Elaine Shepard
Harry Hayden
as Judge

Crew

Mervyn LeRoy
Director
Sam Zimbalist
Producer
Dalton Trumbo
Screenwriter
Harold Hal Rosson
Cinematographer
Robert Surtees
Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart
Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Paul Groesse
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Arnold A. Gillespie
Special Effects
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
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