Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

Synopsis: The amazingly detailed true story of "The Doolittle Raid" based on the personal account by Doolittle Raider Ted Lawson. Stunned by Pearl Harbor and a string of defeats, America needed a victory - badly. To that end, Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, a former air racer and stunt pilot, devises a plan for a daring raid on the heart of Japan itself. To do this, he must train army bomber pilots to do something no one ever dreamed possible - launch 16 fully loaded bombers from an aircraft carrier! Remarkable in its accuracy, this movie even uses film footage from the actual raid.
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Mervyn LeRoy
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
138 min

The men whose wives are

coming can stay there.

The other officers'

quarters are in Barracks 5.

Is Emmy coming down?

- She'll be here in a couple of days.

- Where'll I put Thatcher, Ski?

The enlisted men are assigned to Barracks 12.


- Anything else?

- Nope?

At least, not until tomorrow morning.

Well, we'll be seeing you.

Say, Ski, the guys are all

crazy to know what's up.

You know as much about it as I do.

We may be given more

information in the morning.

Well, beat me, daddy! Look who's coming!

Well, well, well, plant

me now and dig me later,

if it isn't the pride of

Randolph Field. How are you, boy?

Great, Shorty. The minute

we heard that razzmatazz,

we knew you must be somewhere around.

- You volunteer for this deal, too?

- Sure enough.

They had me stationed up in Minneapolis.

Coldest country I ever did see.

I'd have volunteered for anything

to get back in the sunshine.

- Where you been?

- Columbia, South Carolina.

- Bob!

- Hello, Ted.

You guys know each other?

Oh, we just went through

Kelly together, that's all.

- Sure. Bob was bridesmaid at my wedding.

- Wedding?

Nobody tells me anything anymore.

How long you been balled up and chained down?

Six months, in five more days.

Well, blow my foot off. Skin me again, boy.

Hey, Davey, what are you doing down here?

- Brick!

- Hi, Don.

- I thought you were hunting subs.

- Was. Got me one, too.

- You in on this deal?

- Sure. I've got a swell crew

and it looked like it was going

to be something, so why not?

- Any ideas what we might be up to?

- Oh, just a hunch.

Yeah? Well, give.

South Seas. Knock ourselves

off a few meatballs.



Honest man. Dealer takes two.

- You know, I just got an idea.

- About what?

About where we might be going.

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Dalton Trumbo

James Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905 – September 10, 1976) was an American screenwriter and novelist who scripted many award-winning films including Roman Holiday, Exodus, Spartacus, and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. One of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of communist influences in the motion picture industry. He, along with the other members of the Hollywood Ten and hundreds of other industry professionals, was subsequently blacklisted by that industry. His talents as one of the top screenwriters allowed him to continue working clandestinely, producing work under other authors' names or pseudonyms. His uncredited work won two Academy Awards: for Roman Holiday (1953), which was given to a front writer, and for The Brave One (1956) which was awarded to a pseudonym of Trumbo's. When he was given public screen credit for both Exodus and Spartacus in 1960, this marked the beginning of the end of the Hollywood Blacklist for Trumbo and other screenwriters. He finally was given full credit by the Writers' Guild for all his achievements, the work of which encompassed six decades of screenwriting. more…

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