Beyond the Line of Duty

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Beyond the Line of Duty
Directed by Lewis Seiler
Produced by Gordon Hollingshead
Written by Edwin Gilbert
Starring Ronald Reagan
Cinematography Arthur L. Todd
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • November 7, 1942 (1942-11-07)
Running time
22 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Beyond the Line of Duty is a 1942 American short drama film directed by Lewis Seiler. It won an Academy Award at the 15th Academy Awards in 1943 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel).[1][2]


In this voice over (Ronald Reagan) reenactment documentary, we follow the events of Captain Hewitt T. Wheless career as an bomber pilot for the US Army Air Corps during World War II. The story ranges from when Wheless joined in 1938 just before the war, through theoretical and practical training and education at Randolph and March Fields. He piloted a bombing mission in the Philippines early in the war, which resulted in his bomber plane being severely damaged after being attacked by a total of eighteen Japanese fighter planes in the air. A recording of a speech made by President Roosevelt, praising the pilot's extraordinary service, is highlighted. Captain Wheless at the end of the film gives a speech at the Boeing factory in Seattle, complimenting the workers.[3]


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  1. ^ "New York Times: Beyond the Line of Duty". NY Times. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  2. ^ "The 15th Academy Awards (1943) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
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