Air Force

The war plane was named Maryanne in Air Force (1943), arguably the best World War II film made during the war.  Hawks’ main competition for the honor is John Ford’s They Were Expendable (1945).

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Howard Hawks wanted a cast of unknowns to lend realism to Air Force (1943), but John Garfield successfully lobbied one of the Warner Brothers for a part in the film.  He had been a big Hawks fan since seeing Paul Muni as Scarface (1932).

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original publicity still for Air Force (1943).

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Tripoli the dog is adopted in Air Force (1943).  At one point, the voice of his trainer, Frank Weatherwax.

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One of the injured in a screencap from Air Force (1943).

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The back of this publicity still for Air Force (1943) reads

Gig Young consoles his appetite with crackers while Director Howard Hawks plays with the silverware in the Warner Bros. café.  Both have just arrived for lunch time from the “Air Force” in which Gig Young plays one of the principal roles and Howard Hawks directs.

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John Garfield as aerial gunner Joe Winocki in a screencap from Air Force (1943).

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Howard Hawks in the director’s chair filming Air Force (1943).

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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).