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The Rear Gunner (1943)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, War | 10 April 1943 (USA)
A young rural enlistee is initially disappointed with his job as an air mechanic, but his great marksmanship skills make him a tail gunner in a bomber.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writer:

Edwin Gilbert
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burgess Meredith ... Pvt. L.A. Pee Wee Williams (as Lieutenant Burgess Meredith)
Ronald Reagan ... Lt. Ames (as Lieutenant Ronald Reagan)
Tom Neal ... Instructor Sergeant
Dane Clark ... Benny (as Bernard Zanville)
Jonathan Hale ... Commanding Officer
Knox Manning ... Narrator (voice)
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Documentary-style drama on training of aerial rear gunners in World War II. Private PeeWee Williams, a Kansas farm boy, transforms his home-grown shooting skills into those necessary to an aerial gunner in the tail turret of: an American bomber. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Short | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1942-1943 season) #10: The Rear Gunner See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #1111A. See more »

Goofs

When PeeWee graduates from gunnery school, his name is called as Williams, R.E. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: The gunnery schools are always on the lookout for men short on height but long on ambition.
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Connections

Referenced in World War II Films of the First Motion Picture Unit (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

The Army Air Corps Song
Written by Robert Crawford
Sung by a chorus during the opening credits and played often in the score
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Interesting ww2 recruitment film
7 June 2019 | by rjb-90556See all my reviews

Saw this on TCM this AM, and it was interesting look back. However to pass off Burgess Meredith, and Dane Clark 19 year-olds is a bit of a stretch, as both were well into their thirties at the time, Ronald Reagen was also too old to be an aircarft commander as most were in their 20's. Tom Neal as the instructor fit his part, age-wise (I always thought Neal could have done more with his career). Mixing B17's with B24's was odd as well as showing the Zero with a rear gunner, but this was meant to entertain and recruit and not be great film making, and in that it succeeds.


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