Aerial Gunner (1943)

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Old rivals are pitted against each other in basic training and fight for the same woman.



  • Richard Arlen and Chester Morris in Aerial Gunner (1943)
  • Richard Arlen in Aerial Gunner (1943)
  • Richard Arlen, Jimmy Lydon, Chester Morris, and Amelita Ward in Aerial Gunner (1943)
  • Richard Arlen, Chester Morris, and Amelita Ward in Aerial Gunner (1943)
  • Richard Arlen and Chester Morris in Aerial Gunner (1943)

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William H. Pine


Maxwell Shane (screenplay), Jack F. Dailey (idea)

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18 February 2012 | MartinHafer
| Very, very familiar--and it's been done much better on many occasions.
"Aerial Gunner" is a very low-budget WWII propaganda film that has many familiar plot elements. The trouble is, although there are MANY movies like this one (including, off the top of my head, "Flying Tigers", "A Yank in the RAF", "Captains of the Clouds" and "I Wanted Wings"), these other films are just a lot better. The film is made by tiny Pine-Thomas Productions and suffers from uneven acting (Richard Arlen wasn't all that good) and a cheap look.

Like most of the films above, this one is set in a training camp for the Army Air Corps. In this case, it's aerial gunnery school. And, like most of these films, it involves a cocky recruit and the man in charge of his training--and they fall for the same woman (quite the cliché). The trainee, like these other films, makes a nuisance of himself and in the end gives his all to prove himself and receive redemption.

The film contains NOTHING new...nothing. There are also elements of "The Eagle and the Hawk" and the ending a lot like "First Yank in Tokyo" and all the films above! Been there, done that....'nuff said....

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