In the middle ground between the men in combat worried about dying for reasons they don't understand and the upper levels of command too far removed from the actual fighting to see the human cost of their decisions exists the man in between who must choose every day between bad and worse. Clark Gable portrays that man. There is a reason Gable was one of the biggest stars ever and it wasn't just his performance in Gone With the Wind. He is fantastic in this movie as are the supporting cast. The writing is just as good with all perspectives, soldier, commander, and upper command being given fair treatment. There is a brief interlude where the movie goes into a patriotic voice over that I suspect was added by some studio executive because it doesn't fit with the overall tone of the movie but that aside, this lesser known movie about the Second World War's bomber campaign is well worth a look.
Netflix Status: DVD Only
TCM Status: 5/27/12 at 7:00am EST