One of the best of the "why we need to fight" movies to come out of WWII, 1943's AIR FORCE has always seemed to have taken a backseat to such classics as John Ford's THEY WERE EXPENDABLE and Lewis Milestones's THE PURPLE HEART. Directed by Howard Hawks (who refereed to this as "my contribution to the war effort"), it boasts a great ensemble cast including John Garfield, Gig Young, John Ridgely, Harry Carey, Arthur Kennedy, James Brown and George Tobias. Featuring Hawk's trademark snap crackle pop overlaid dialogue, here from a Dudley Nichols screenplay (with uncredited tweaking from William Faulkner) along with some typical neat as heck 1940's Warner war movie model work.Following the historically mythical journey of the B-17 "Mary Ann" as she departs from San Francisco on Dec. 6 1941 arriving in Hawaii during the midst of the attack on Pearl Harbor and then traveling on to Wake Island, the Philippines (picking up a dog named Tripoli along the way) and finally on to Australia, where stopping off in route they help blow up seemingly the entire Japanese Navy. Although as to be expected of a movie of this ilk and time frame it does have it's fair share of hyperbole filled propaganda, but that doesn't distract it from being a wonderfully entertaining 124 min. and watching John Garfield turn from sullen malcontent to gun-ho machine gun blazin' & dog rescuin' ass kicker is worth the price of admission alone.