Above and Beyond (1953) is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Fri, May 10, 2013 at 01:15 AM est. *NOTE*:A TCM programming day begins at 6:00am EST on the calendar day listed and runs to 5:59am EST in the morning on the next day. Hours listed at 12:00am to 5:59am EST in your reminder will be shown on the NEXT calendar day. The film is listed as “closed captioned,” but TCM isn’t totally reliable on this.
Directed by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, who also wrote the screenplay (and share three Best Writing Oscar nominations between them), this historical drama was adapted from Beirne Lay Jr.’s story, for which Lay Jr. received a Best Writing, Motion Picture Story Academy Award nomination; Hugo Friedhofer’s Score was also nominated. Similar to The Begining of the End, this film tells the story behind the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima during World War II. However, instead of the focus being on the development of the bomb itself, this one is told from the perspective of the Air Force Colonel in charge of the mission which executed the task itself. Robert Taylor plays Colonel Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber which flew the mission and delivered the payload. Eleanor Parker plays Tibbets’s wife Lucy, and much of the story focuses on the affect this mission had on Tibbets and his family. Review by Classic Film Guide.com