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Victory Through Air Power (1943)

An animated documentary promoting of the soundness of strategic aerial bombing in World War II.

Writers:

Alexander de Seversky (book) (as Maj. Alexander P. Seversky), Perce Pearce (story direction) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alexander de Seversky Alexander de Seversky ... Himself (as Major Alexander P. de Seversky)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Art Baker ... Narrator (voice)
Billy Mitchell Billy Mitchell ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

This is a unique film in Disney Production's history. This film is essentially a propaganda film selling Major Alexander de Seversky's theories about the practical uses of long range strategic bombing. Using a combination of animation humorously telling about the development of air warfare, the film switches to the Major illustrating his ideas could win the war for the allies. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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There's a Thrill in the Air!


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vitória Pela Força Aérea See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$788,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

RKO Radio Pictures (Disney's usual distributor) saw no profit in this movie, and refused to carry it. Walt Disney therefore contracted with United Artists for theater distribution. See more »

Goofs

The film claims the German's used air power to break through the Maginot line to conquer France. In reality, the German forces avoided directly engaging the Line and instead completely circumvented it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Billy Mitchell: Today, a war is very different than the last European war was. Now air power is the dominant feature of military operations. Air power can fly directly to the vital centers of an opposing state and neutralize them. It can destroy the cities, it can wreck the aqueducts, it can knock out the lines of communication, it can destroy the food supplies, and make the people helpless to resist.
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Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward
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Historical curiosity, deserving of a niche release.
11 July 1999 | by StudentDriverSee all my reviews

Now that Disney's released the Black Cauldron and Melodytime, that leaves very few Disney films that have never been released on a home video format. In fact, it pretty much leaves this and Song of the South.

I have seen about half of the movie, in bits and pieces, because of Disney's habit of using clips from older animations in newer compilations. Chances are, if you've ever seen Disney animation showing WWII vintage fighters or bombers, you've seen a part of this film.

There's nothing terribly entertaining anymore about Victory- it's as entertaining as any other WWII-era propaganda film. But, given collectors' completist mindset, and given the historical significance of any and all war-era films, I think Disney needs to release this movie; even if it's in an extremely limited mail-order-only release. It needn't come in a clamshell, but Disney owes it to their fans to let them have the opportunity to see ALL of their work.


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