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Adapted from a stage play, "Command Decision" suffers from a fair amount of "long-windedness". Fortunately the most long-winded character (Major General Kane-played by Walter Pigeon), is well written and has many substantial things to convey. Much like his character in "Forbidden Planet", Pigeon is tasked with inserting historical and philosophical details into the story, and his commanding screen presence makes him ideal for this purpose.
Brigadier General K.C. Dennis (Clark Gable) has the most screen time and most challenging role, as his character is the guy stuck between a rock and a hard place. He is accountable for making the hard decisions that send his men off to die, but has a fragile authority dependent on how much independence his superiors are allowing him at a particular point in time. Gable does fine in this part, probably his best totally "serious" performance. Although the film takes pains to use the German high command to illustrate examples of bad leadership, it is easy to infer that the same mindset applies to the Allies.Read more ›
This is a "war film" with little or no fighting action, but concentrates from the Commander's view from an English home base. This film wins very high kudos for the exceptionaly well acted roles and dialogue from the master himself (Gable), as a Brigadier General commanding his own bomber Division. But it gets even better: this film boasts exceptional talent from famous lead & charachter actors in supporting roles: Walter Pidgeon as Gable's 2-star General boss; Van Johnson as the smart-aleck "know-it-all" Enlisted man who adores Gable as a man & leader; John Hodiak as a squadron leader/Gable subordinate & Gable's personal friend; Edward Arnold as a visiting Congressman investigating the high manpower losses; Charles Bickford as the probing newsman who's also concerend; and Bryan Donlevy!
I bought it and highly recommend it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of Gabels best roles,combined with an allstar cast. This film is hard to find.Published 13 days ago by awsome
This is a Must-have for World War II 8th Air Force enthusiasts! General Casey Dennis' soliloquy recounting German Air Power's achievements, Capt Benjamin Franklin Bellpepper... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris
This was one of the best WWII movies ever made. It had very little combat. It was mostly on how top level decisions are made during war time.Published 8 months ago by M. A. Hughes
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