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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
Myrna Dell
Elaine Shepard
Blake Edwards
as Second Officer
Alan Napier
as Mr. Parker
Ann Shoemaker
as Mrs. Parker
Dorothy Morris
as Jane
Steve Brodie
as M.P.
Harry Hayden
as Judge
Selena Royle
as Mrs. Jones
Bill Williams
as Bud Felton
Benson Fong
as Young Chung
John Kellogg
as Pilot
June Allyson
Wally Cassell
as Sailor
Jacqueline White
as Emmy York
Moroni Olsen
as General
Hazel Brooks
Robert Bice
as Jig White
Jay Norris
as Hallmark
Morris Ankrum
as Capt. Halsey

Crew

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