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Thirty Seconds over Tokyo

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.

    Academy Awards Best Sound Effects 1944
    Academy Awards Best Special Effects 1944
    Academy Awards Best Special Effects 1944 Warren Newcombe Special Effects

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79711

  • Credits
    Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Charles Van Johnson, Robert Walker, Phyllis Thaxter, Phyllis St. Felix Thaxter, Robert Mitchum, Bob Mitchum, Scott McKay, Don DeFore, John Reilly
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