Command Decision

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Command Decision is a stagebound but consummately acted adaptation of William Wister Haines' Broadway play. Clark Gable, starring in the role essayed on Broadway by Paul Kelly, plays Air Force Brigadier General "Casey" Dennis. With time at a premium, Dennis sends waves of bomber squadrons into Germany to knock out the enemy's jet plane factories. Though Dennis seems utterly unconcerned about the fate of his pilots (even his superior officer Walter Pidgeon is appalled by the heavy losses), the audience knows that his duty is exacting a severe emotional toll on him. Thanks to pressure from a misguided US senator, "butcher" Dennis is replaced by the supposedly more humane Brian Donlevy. But Donlevy realizes that Gable's decisions were the correct ones, and he vows to continue his predecessor's "suicide missions".

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Clark Gable
as Brigadier Gen. K.C. "Casey" Dennis
Walter Pidgeon
as Major Gen. Roland Goodlaw Kane
Van Johnson
as Technical Sergeant Immanuel T. Evans
Brian Donlevy
as Brigadier Gen. Clifton I. Garnet
Charles Bickford
as Elmer Brockhurst
John Hodiak
as Col. Edward R. Martin
Edward Arnold
as Congressman Arthur Malcolm
Marshall Thompson
as Capt. George W.B. Le
Richard Quine
as Maj. George Rockton
Cameron Mitchell
as Lt. Ansel Goldberg
Clinton Sundberg
as Maj. Homer V. Prescott
Ray Collins
as Maj. Desmond Lansing
Warner Anderson
as Col. Earnest Haley
John McIntire
as Maj. Belding Davis
Moroni Olsen
as Congressman Stone
John Ridgely
as James Carwood
Michael Steele
as Capt. Lucius M. Jenks
Edward Earle
as Congressman Watson
Mack Williams
as Lt. Col. Virgil Jackson
James Millican
as Maj. Garrett Davenport
Gregg Barton
as Sergeant
Bruce Cowling
as Operations Officer
Sam Flint
as Congressman
Don Haggerty
as Command Officer
Henry Hall
as Congressman
Alvin Hammer
as Sergeant Cahill
John James
as Officer
Marten Lamont
as Officer of R.A.F
Peter Martin
as Command Sergeant
Barry Nelson
as Voice over loudspeaker
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Critic Reviews for Command Decision

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Audience Reviews for Command Decision

  • May 30, 2018
    Decent World War 2 flick with Clark Gable as the general with "The Buck Stops Here" on his desk (and his chest) when liberal political wonks from the U.S. want to know why frontline casualties aren't being kept down. A large cast fills out The-Job-Must-Get-Done-At-Any-Cost story nicely.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2011
    Another War movie from MGM. This one stars Clark Gable who plays Gen Casey Dennis. Dennis is leading a fight against the Germans with his squadrons of bombers knocking out factory's that are developing and building jets for the German air force, the Germans are sure to win the war with this fighter. Losses are high on each days bombing. 320 men killed the first day 580 men killed the second. Should he be relieved of his command. This movie was taken from a play, and is quite excellent. 4 Stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2009
    Amazing!!! Great script(based on a play) and flawless acting from the whole cast. This film is all dialog with almost no action, a big detour from most WWII films. This movie doesn't need action because the story is captivating and the acting is top notch from everyone. I was really surprised I have never heard of this one, and wasn't shocked when I heard that audiences didn't care for it when it was released because of lack of action.I am not going into detail of the story because you must find out for yourself. It centers around a General(Gable) who is losing planes and men at a alarming rate for a mysterious reason. Everyone is against him,the top brass, the press,and many of his own soldiers, but is their a method to his madness? Walter Pidgeon and Gable really drive this film with great direction from Sam Wood and a perfect supporting cast.The story moves at breakneck speed and is driven by total dialog. A must see!
    cody f Super Reviewer

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