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Gig Young as an unnamed co-pilot in a publicity still for Air Force (1943)

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Air Force

Air Force (1943) is ranked number 14 on Goldderby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films.

I think this placement is just about right.

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foreign poster for Air Force (1943)

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trailer for Air Force (1943)

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smoking co-pilot in Air Force (1943)

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two of the pilots in a screencap from Air Force (1943).  Howard Hawks wanted a cast of unknowns, but the Warner Brothers wanted some bankable stars such as John Garfield and Harry Carey.

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foreign promotional booklet for Air Force (1943)

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George Tobias and Harry Carey in a screencap from Air Force (1943).  I can’t determine who’s under the plane.

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original poster for Air Force (1943)

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The back of this publicity still reads

HE CAN DIE HAPPY   –    When John Ridgely was told that he was to play the pilot of a Boeing B17-E Flying Fortress in Warner Bros.’ “Air Force” he was delighted.  When he discovered that he had a death scene, right then and there his career was secured.  Death scenes are automatic dramatic highlights in any motion picture, even one with as much violent action as “Air Force.”  Here’s the happy Mr. Ridgely about to succumb, surrounded by members of his crew, which includes such favorites as John Garfield, Harry Carey and George Tobias, among others.

From Warner Bros. Studio

Burbank, California

John was also in Howard Hawks’ The Big Sleep, as Eddie Mars.

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foreign poster for Air Force (1943) incorrectly credited to director Raoul Walsh.

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John Garfield in an original publicity still for Air Force (1943)

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gas masks for every man and dog in Air Force (1943)

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original publicity still for Air Force (1943).  Howard Hawks wanted a cast of unknowns for realism.  John Garfield was added because he was able to convince one of the Warner Brothers his name would add to the box office.

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authentic cap worn by John Garfield in Air Force (1943).  His name can be seen faintly on the inside of the cap in the third photo.