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JImmy Doolittle: An American Hero

06 Feb

Jimmy Doolittle: An American Hero — Directed by David Hoffman. Documentary. 1988 Black and White and Color.,


During the Thirties and Forties, his name was a household word. At the time I was too young to get a focus on him. Now as we see him in pictures of the period, he is a handsome, fearless, and virile young man hyped on airplanes. And, also, we see him as a quite old man, still virile, quite humorous, and as wise as a tortoise. Between these two periods we see his great feats and his personally leading his most renowned exploit, the first bombing raid on Tokyo. The background of that enterprise, the bravery it took, and its results are well described and shown. Those who made that daring raid still meet, and as they do every year, while role-call is made when the names of the deceased are called out, those remaining still say, “Present!” His men loved him – and why? It’s interesting to find out what was his unerring and priceless gift of leadership, what was that quality in him? It is one we might all consider as we choose our own leaders today. His life and work were well documented at the time, and this collection-documentary is thoroughly interesting – an admirable record of a type of American alas no longer with us. Narrated by James Stewart, Robert Stack, Jimmy Doolittle.

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