The New Pictures, Dec. 4, 1944

30 Seconds Over Tokyo (M.G.M.) is a very sincere effort to do something almost hopelessly difficult on the screen: to remain true to a true story. In every respect this effort to tell the truth about the Doolittle raid is a tribute to the patience of its quiet, thorough producer, Sam Zimbalist; in many respects, it is successful.

The picture is perhaps farthest from conviction in its rather overwritten love scenes, though these are played with unusual heart and simplicity by Van Johnson (as Lieut. Ted Lawson) and a talented, sensitive newcomer, Celia Thaxter...

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