The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell

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Overview

In this 1955 Otto Preminger film, Gary Cooper stars as World War I hero Brigadier General Billy Mitchell. The film recounts Mitchell's efforts to prove the viability of a strong air force. The hidebound military higher-ups refuse to finance aviation any further, figuring that the strength of the United States lies in its navy. When a friend is killed by flying a faulty plane, Mitchell charges the War and Navy department with incompetence and criminal negligence. When the brass tries to quietly court-martial ...
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Overview

In this 1955 Otto Preminger film, Gary Cooper stars as World War I hero Brigadier General Billy Mitchell. The film recounts Mitchell's efforts to prove the viability of a strong air force. The hidebound military higher-ups refuse to finance aviation any further, figuring that the strength of the United States lies in its navy. When a friend is killed by flying a faulty plane, Mitchell charges the War and Navy department with incompetence and criminal negligence. When the brass tries to quietly court-martial Mitchell, they are forced into the open by the strength of public opinion, largely in Mitchell's favor. Subjected to the grilling of prosecutor Alan Guillon Rod Steiger during his trial, Mitchell sticks to his guns, even outlining a potential Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor unless the military wises up and strengthens its air power. Elizabeth Montgomery makes her film debut in the role of Margaret Landsdowne.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2013
  • UPC: 887090066907
  • Original Release: 1955
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  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,682

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Brig.-Gen. William Mitchell
Charles Bickford Gen. James Guthrie
Ralph Bellamy Congressman Frank Reid
Rod Steiger Maj. Allen Gullion
Elizabeth Montgomery Margaret Lansdowne
Fred Clark Col. Moreland
James Daly Col. Herbert A. White
Jack Lord Cmdr. Zachary Lansdowne
Peter Graves Capt. Elliott
Darren McGavin Russ Peters
Charles Dingle Sen. Fullerton
Dayton Lummis Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Tom McKee Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker
Steve Roberts Maj. Carl Spaatz
Robert Brubaker Maj. H.H. Arnold
Phil Arnold Fiorella La Guardia
Ian Wolfe Calvin Coolidge
Will Wright Adm. William S. Sims
Steve Holland Stu Stewart
Adam Kennedy Yip Ryan
Carleton Young Gen. Pershing's Aide
Peter Adams Officer
Griff Barnett Civilian Steno
Charles Chaplin Jr. Reporter
William Forrest Commandant FSH
William Fox Reporter
William Henry Officer
Herbert Heyes Gen.John J. Pershing
Edna Holland Woman Secretary
Charles Anthony Hughes
Edward Keane Court Judge
Mike Lally Reporter
Cy Malis Reporter
John Maxwell Court Judge
George Mayon Reporter
Ewing Mitchell Court Judge
Jack Perrin Court Reporter
Robert Simon Adm. Adam Gage
Joel Smith
Max Wagner Sergeant Major
Gregory Walcott Reporter Millikan
Frank Wilcox Officer Tom
Robert B. Williams Reporter Tuttle
Dimitri Tiomkin Conductor
Technical Credits
Otto Preminger Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Malcolm C. Bert Art Director
Folmar Blangsted Editor
Stan Jones Sound/Sound Designer
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Emmett Lavery Original Story, Screenwriter
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Maj. G USAF Res Keeney Ret. Consultant/advisor
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Milton Sperling Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell
1. Chapter 1 [:12]
2. Chapter 2 [11:11]
3. Chapter 3 [10:06]
4. Chapter 4 [11:27]
5. Chapter 5 [9:37]
6. Chapter 6 [16:53]
7. Chapter 7 [8:12]
8. Chapter 8 [8:52]
9. Chapter 9 [24:06]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Court Martial of Billy Mitchell

    This is History and true story of one person who wants
    to make our nation military air power better. He also
    tells everyone when Pearl Harbor will be hit, the approach,
    day and time, everyone thinks he is a little off. Years after
    his death he is awardaed medels from the military for his forsight.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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