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one of the World War II wounded in Air Force (1943).

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Air Force (1943) is one of the best, if not the best, movie about World War II made during the war.  Hawks’ main competition is John Ford’s They Were Expendable.

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Air Force (1943) is an under appreciated Howard Hawks classic.  His other classics all feature major movie stars in iconic performances, so Air Force doesn’t fit well.

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publicity still for Air Force (1943).

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George Tobias at work as an unnamed assistant crew chief in Air Force (1943).

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Harry Carey Sr with the handkerchief in a publicity still for Air Force (1943).  His son, Harry Jr., was part of the cattle drive in Howard Hawks’ Red River, and had an uncredited bit as a reporter in Monkey Business.

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everyone is wearing their hats or caps in a scene from Air Force (1943).

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an open parachute is a life saver in Air Force (1943).

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Howard Hawks wanted a cast of unknowns for Air Force (1943) to give it a documentary quality.  Nowadays, a documentary quality is conveyed by employing a camera operator with cerebral palsy for constant camera movement.  Today nothing says realism like up and down, back and forth, zoom in and zoom out.

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George Tobias is one of the few recognizable faces in the cast of Air Force (1943).  George is best known as the harried Abner Kravitz, next door neighbor to the Stephens family on 54 episodes of Bewitched (1964-71).

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John Garfield as Sgt. John Winocki in Air Force (1943).  Howard Hawks wanted his cast to all be unknowns, but John Garfield successful lobbied one of the Warner brothers for a part, being a Hawks fan since seeing Paul Muni as Scarface.

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John Garfield, George Tobias and Harry Carey on board the Mary Anne, a World War II B-17 bomber in Air Force (1943)

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Gig Young as Lt. Xavier Williams in a publicity still for Air Force (1943).  Gig was born Byron Barr and was credited as such on his first five film credits.  In his previous film, The Gay Sisters (1942) he was first credited as Gig Young, after his character’s name in the film.

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Air Force is Howard Hawks’ 27th film

Air Force premiered Feb 3, 1943.