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Thirty Seconds over Tokyo (1944) was a War - Historical Film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Sam Zimbalist.

Academy Awards 1944 --- Ceremony Number 17 (source: AMPAS)

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Best CinematographyRobert Surtees, Harold RossonNominated
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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944): WWII Written by Dalton Trumbo

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 17, 2020 From 4 Star Films

“One-hundred and thirty-one days after December 7, 1941, a handful of young men, who had never dreamed of glory, struck the first blow at the heart of Japan. This is their true story we tell here.” It’s easy enough to lump?Air Force and Destination Tokyo with this subsequent film b... Read full article


Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

By Beatrice on Nov 12, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Directed by Mervyn LeRoy Written by Dalton Trumbo based on the book by Ted W. Lawson and Robert Consodine 1944/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Netflix rental Lt. Bob Gray: You know I don’t hate Japs yet. It’s a funny thing. I don’t like them, but ... Read full article


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[repeated lines]
Lt. Ted Lawson: Tell me, Honey, how come you're so cute?
Ellen Lawson: I had to be if I was going to get such a good-looking fella.


Lt. Bob Gray: [pensively] When I was a kid, I used to dream about going someplace on a ship. Well, here I am!
Lt. Ted Lawson: And out there is Japan. My mother had a Jap gardener once. He seemed like a nice little guy.
Lt. Bob Gray: You know I don't hate Japs yet. It's a funny thing. I don't like them, but I don't hate them.
Lt. Ted Lawson: I guess, I don't either. You get kind of mixed up.
Lt. Bob Gray: Yeah.
Lt. Ted Lawson: It's hard to figure, yet here we are.


Ellen Lawson: Oh, Ted, I'm going to write you a letter every day you're gone. I know they won't deliver them. I won't even mail them, but I'm going to write them anyway. That way we'll kind of be in touch. That way we'll feel close.


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Twice while the Ruptured Duck is flying over Japan the crew spots Japanese fighter planes and tenses for an attack, but both times the fighters ignore them. This is factual. In an unbelievable coincidence, the Japanese had planned a major air raid drill for the same time in Tokyo, and the fighters thought the American B-25s were part of the drill until the bombs started exploding. Also, according to the book upon which the movie is based the planes' crews were told prior to the mission that there was a slight chance that the Japanese would not recognize them and react because the Japanese air force had a bomber very similar to the B-25.
Feature film debuts of Tim Murdock, Scott McKay and John R. Reilly.
The scars visible on Van Johnson's forehead at the end of the film are not makeup, they're real. He was involved in a near-fatal car accident the previous year just after filming A Guy Named Joe. The filmmakers chose to accentuate rather than hide these scars for the post-mission half of the movie, since his character Ted Lawson was quite banged up, too. They're particularly evident in the last scene of the movie when he's on the floor talking with his wife.
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