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Command Decision (1948)





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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".more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: George Froeschel, William R. Laidlaw, William R. Laidlaw, William Wister Haines
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On DVD: Jun 5, 2007


Clark Gable
as Brigadier Gen. K.C. ...
Walter Pidgeon
as Major Gen. Roland Go...
Van Johnson
as Technical Sergeant I...
Brian Donlevy
as Brigadier Gen. Clift...
Charles Bickford
as Elmer Brockhurst
John Hodiak
as Col. Edward R. Marti...
Edward Arnold
as Congressman Arthur M...
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. Presco...
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. Jenk...
Edward Earle
as Congressman Watson
Mack Williams
as Lt. Col. Virgil Jack...
James Millican
as Maj. Garrett Davenpo...
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 loudspeak...
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Critic Reviews for Command Decision

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Strong MGM WWII drama with large star roster, serious story.

June 13, 2008

Chatty and sometimes gripping but always crisp WW II drama.

Full Review… | July 13, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

June 29, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Command Decision

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 Bruce

Super Reviewer

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 franklin

Super Reviewer

Command Decision (1949)

Based on a successful stage play by William Wister Haines. It?s a war movie without much action, but deals with the drama from a general's point of view.

Brigadier General K.C. Dennis (Clark Gable) has a rough job. He must send his men off for daylight bombing raids deep inside Germany to attack various Nazi factories that are manufacturing the Luftwafa's new jet fighters. If more of the jets are mass-produced and operational, it would effect the war for the allies.

The morale of General Dennis?s men is bad. The casualties are high. He's hiding from reporters and visiting dignitaries, and getting his assistant, Technical Sergeant Immanuel T. Evans (Van Johnson) to run interference for him. But, when Major General Roland Kane (Walter Pidgeon) visits the base General Dennis has to justify what he's doing.

The movie features a large male cast, including Brian Donlevy, Edward Arnold, John Hodiak, Charles Bickford, Cameron Mitchell, and John McIntire.

Rick Rudge

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