Aerial Gunner (1943)

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


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William H. Pine


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

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19 February 2021 | AlsExGal
| Of course it's a war picture!....
... It's 1943 and just about every film made that year involved some aspect of WWII. Even an MGM short about the weather called "Storm" hearkened back to that conflict. But I digress.

This low-budget war picture concerns airmen training to be tail gunners in bomber planes. Sgt. Foxy Pattis (Chester Morris) and Sgt. Jon Davis (Richard Arlen) have bad blood going back to before their military service, and things only get worse during the pressure of training. Can these two put their grudges aside in order to make the grade and become tail gunners?

This is corny and cliched, and the threadbare budget shows through quite often. The performances from Morris and Arlen are simply adequate, while young Jimmy Lydon gets to overdo it quite a bit as an emotionally-fragile recruit. Robert Mitchum has about three lines and shows up in one scene. This was one of nineteen movies in which he appeared in 1943, his debut year in pictures.

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