The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell

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U.S. Col. Billy Mitchell (Gary Cooper) is a decorated World War I veteran airman frustrated by the military's mistreatment of the flying program. With military brass and many in the government still favoring battleships, Mitchell sees funding cut to aviation, resulting in the unnecessary deaths of pilots. When Mitchell publicly accuses his superiors of ineptitude, he is court-martialed. At the trial, Congressman Frank Reid (Ralph Bellamy) advises Mitchell, who faces Maj. Guillion (Rod Steiger).

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Gary Cooper
Col. Billy Mitchell
Charles Bickford
Gen. Jimmy Guthrie
Ralph Bellamy
Congressman Frank R. Reid
Rod Steiger
Maj. Allan Guillion
Elizabeth Montgomery
Margaret Lansdowne
Fred Clark
Col. Moreland
James Daly
Lt. Col. Herbert White
Jack Lord
Lt. Cmdr. Zachary "Zack" Lansdowne
Peter Graves
Capt. Bob Elliott
Darren McGavin
Capt. Russ Peters
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  • With Cooper as the crusading officer, one is never in any doubt as to the correctness and sincerity of his views (Mitchell was posthumously rehabilitated in 1947), while Steiger puts in one of his inimitably flashy performances as the prosecuting attorney

    February 5, 2018 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • The picture is a real kick in the shins for the cult of blind military obedience and the lesson which is laid on the line relates to Pearl Harbor.

    October 23, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Though not one of Preminger's stronger films, it's still worth seeing this fact-based courtroom drama starring Gary Cooper.

    August 24, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • The only certainty that remains is the need to ask questions

    September 5, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Away from the courtroom, the film is less riveting, though Cooper is consistently impressive.

    October 23, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Low-key and earnest but slow like molasses.

    October 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 12, 2009
    Solid if a bit slow drama of a man putting his career on the line for his what he believes rightly is the good of his country. The cast is full of great actors including an amazingly beautiful and impossibly young Elizabeth Montgomery in her first film role. She isn't totally at ease yet but delivers in her big scene.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2007
    featuring elizabeth montgomery before she made a whole career out of twitching... but no amount of nose-twitching could save billy mitchell. gary cooper was 7 outta 10ish in his acting but his performance was a tad laid back. i saw the prosecution lawyer (bald headed bloke) in another film recently but i can't think what it was. he was good in both. i've seen otto premingers work before with the river of no return which was just as viewable as this. his movies dont seem to be masterpieces but they're all very watchable, and even re-watchable. bewitching entertainment
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