Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

Directed By: Mervyn LeRoy Starring: Spencer Tracy

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on 7/1/2011

Good old movie, good old stars. Movie is based on facts. I enjoyed it. Probably what the country needed at the time but characters are to black and white and not well developed. If you prefer history to melodrama, then it might be worth your while to do a double-feature of "Tora, Tora, Tora" and "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" some weekend.

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The story of the first american bombings of the city of tokyo.


Studio Warner
SKU 204220259
UPC 012569797116
UPC 14 00012569797116
Format DVD
Release Date 6/5/2007
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Editors Note
Note Shortly after the bombing on Pearl Harbor, the American military began preparation for a retaliatory attack. The story of that mission is presented in THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO, based on the memoirs of Captain Ted Lawson, who flew one of the 16 twin-engine bombers over Tokyo. Spencer Tracy plays Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, the leader of the mission, while VAN JOHNSON plays the leading role of Captain Ted Lawson, whose bomber also carries star Robert Mitchum. A variety of factors makes the mission exceptionally dangerous: Twin-engine bombers had never taken off from an aircraft carrier previously; the bombers needed to fly in low, pretending to be Japanese aircraft; and the oversize bombers couldn't return to the aircraft carrier, so the intended landing site was behind enemy lines in China. With its almost documentary-style approach, THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO is perhaps the finest film about World War II made during the war itself.
Plot Summary
Summary Pearl Harbor has just been attacked, and the American army plans to retaliate by bombing Tokyo. As the airmen prepare for this dangerous mission, they and their loved ones try to deal with and overcome their fear.
Mervyn LeRoy
Spencer Tracy
Cast & Crew
Robert Mitchum - Star
Van Johnson - Star
Don DeFore - Star
Scott McKay - Star
Spencer Tracy - Star
Phyllis Thaxter - Star
Robert Walker - Star
John Reilly - Star
Dalton Trumbo - Writer
Herbert Stothart - Composer
Harold Rosson - Director of Photography
Frank Sullivan - Editor
Sam Zimbalist - Producer
Cedric Gibbons - Production Designer
Mervyn LeRoy - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1944
Catalog ID 79711
UPC 00012569797116
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 138 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Name Warren Newcombe
Award Category Best Special Effects
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1944
Award Giver Academy Awards
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Subtitled
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Video Format DVD

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