Bomber's Moon

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Bomber's Moon
Poster Bomber's Moon.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Edward Ludwig (as "Charles Fuhr")
Harold D. Schuster (as "Charles Fuhr")
John Brahm (uncredited)
Robert Florey (2nd unit aerial sequences)[1]
Produced by Sol M. Wurtzel
Written by Kenneth Gamet (Screenwriter)
Aubrey Wisberg (Screenwriter)
Leonard Lee (story)
Starring

George Montgomery

Annabella
Kent Taylor
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by Robert Fritch
Distributed by 20th Century-Fox
Release date(s)
  • August 6, 1943 (1943-08-06)
Running time 67 mins.
Country United States
Language English

Bomber's Moon is a 1943 American wartime propaganda film, produced by 20th Century Fox, based on an unpublished magazine serial "Bomber's Moon" by Leonard Lee.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

Captain Jeff Dakin (George Montgomery) is shot down over Germany on a bombing raid as he sees his brother, Danny (Richard Graham) serving on the same aircraft, shot dead as he parachutes out of the stricken aircraft. Imprisoned in a camp, Dakin conspires with Alexandra "Alec" Zorich (Annabella), a beautiful Russian doctor, and a Czech resistance leader, Captain Paul Husnik (Kent Taylor) to mount an escape. They escape during an air raid and make their way towards safety, but the Czech is not who he seems.

Husnik is really Gestapo officer Paul van Brock who wants to get Alec to lead him to the leaders of the Czech underground movement. Killing the underground leader, van Brock summons the Gestapo but Dakin overpowers him and together with Alec, is on the run. Reaching Holland, Dakin learns that his bomber is now repaired with the Nazis planning a mysterious flight to England. Disguised as a German soldier, Dakin finds out his brother's killer, Maj. Von Streicher (Martin Kosleck), is to pilot the aircraft, on a mission to kill Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Stealing a German aircraft, Dakin exacts some revenge by shooting down Von Streicher. Landing in England, he is reunited with Alec who has made her way there.

Cast[edit]

With only a limited budget, all aerial sequences in Bomber's Moon, were completed with special effects and model work, such as this one of a Lockheed Hudson. (Screenshot)

Production[edit]

Although a low-budget production, entirely filmed at the 20th Century Fox studio lot, a total of six directors worked on the film. Shortly after completing Bomber's Moon, George Montgomery enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and did not appear in another film until the 1946 20th Century Fox production Three Little Girls in Blue. French actress Annabella also filmed Tonight We Raid Calais (1943) and 13 Rue Madeleine (1947).[1]

Reception[edit]

Strictly a "B" film, Bomber's Moon was not well received. The contemporary review in The New York Times succinctly summed it up as "shoddy" and "... second-rate Hollywood."[3]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c "Notes: Bomber's Moon." Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved; March 22, 2012.
  2. ^ Evans 2000, p. 30.
  3. ^ T.S. "Movie Review." The New York Times, July 31, 1943. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
Bibliography
  • Evans, Alun. Brassey's Guide to War Films. Dulles, Virginia: Potomac Books, 2000. ISBN 1-57488-263-5.

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