Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

Director
Mervyn LeRoy

Main cast
Van Johnson; Robert Walker; Tim Murdock; Don DeFore; Herbert Gunn

Genres
War, Drama

Description
In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland.


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