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||Genre: Documentary, War
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||Synopsis: A documentary recounting the experiences of the 351st Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces, based in England during the Second World War . The group's air and ground crews are ...
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Andy Rooney met Clark Gable in England while Gable was in the Eighth
Air Force. Rooney described him as smiling, friendly, and impeccably
dressed in tailored officer's pinks. He looked as if he'd just stepped
out of a poster. And why not? Gable didn't have to serve but enlisted
anyway. He flew only five missions but on one of them, two of his crew
were killed. And who would the public rather look at -- a cinematic
icon in a tailored uniform or some grease monkey in olive drab? The
moguls in Hollywood were wringing their hands over the prospect of
their Number One screen idol being shot down and Gable was finally
discharged in 1944.
He narrates this documentary of the group he served with, the 351st
bomb group, consisting of a few dozen B-17s, and he appears on screen
once in a while, bantering with the gunners and so forth. Gable was
part of a six-man motion picture unit. The writer was John Lee Mahin, a
veteran of the old school and a man with an all-encompassing sense of
humor. Everyone should read his satire of James Joyce's "Ulysses,"
focusing on movie production. (Last sentence: "Yes, yes. But on a
higher plane." Something like that.
It's not possible to watch this film without comparing it to William
Wyler's similar "Memphis Belle," and the latter is far less hokey.
Mahin seems to have been writing less to inform the public about the
operations of the 8th Air Force and more to reassure the good folk back
in Martinsville, Indiana, that we were dishing out more than we were
taking, and that our boys were going to church regularly and visiting
museums in England. "Men, that church is more than 900 years old," says
Gable's voice, and we see the men remove their caps as they stare at
The combat footage is reserved for the climactic last ten minutes and
it's exciting, if a bit more confused that that of "Memphis Belle." Of
course any film about warfare -- and about strategic bombing in
particular -- raises questions no one really wants to face. Questions
such as: Exactly who is under those bombs? The post-war Strategic
Bombing Survey asked questions like that and the results were far from
comforting. As a means of settling differences, people killing other
people is a disadvantage from the point of view of the species, that is
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