Experiences of two Air Force sergeants during the 1948 Berlin Airlift.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hank Kowalski
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Frederica Burkhardt
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Gerda
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Stieber
Dante V. Morel ...
Dante V. Morel (as Capt. Dante V. Morel)
John R. Mason ...
John R. Mason (as Capt. John R. Mason)
Gail R. Plush ...
Gail R. Plush (as Capt. Gail R. Plush)
Mack Blevins ...
Mack Blevins (as Capt. Mack Blevins)
William A. Stewart ...
William A. Stewart (as Capt. William A. Stewart)
Alfred L. Freiburger ...
Alfred L. Freiburger (as 1st Lt. Alfred L. Freiburger)
Gerald Arons ...
Gerald Arons (as 1st Lt. Gerald Arons)
James Wilson ...
James Wilson (as 1st Lt. James Wilson)
Richard A. Kellogg ...
Richard A. Kellogg (as 1st Lt. Richard A. Kellogg)
Roy R. Steele ...
Roy R. Steele (as 1st Lt. Roy R. Steele)
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In 1948, the Soviet Union blockades the Allied sectors of Berlin to bring the entire city under their control. A semi-documentary about the resulting Berlin Airlift gives way to stories of two fictitious U.S. Air Force participants: Sgt. Hank Kowalski, whose hatred of Germans proves resistant to change, and Sgt. Danny McCullough, whose pursuit of an attractive German war widow gives him a crash course in the seamy side of occupied Berlin. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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From the Ruins came Hope and Despair

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26 April 1950 (USA)  »

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During the filming, the production got waivers signed by those who were in a shot and thought would be in the finished film, and paid them $500. Some men appeared but were never paid, and some who were paid had their appearances end up on the cutting-room floor. See more »

Quotes

Alfred L. Freiburger: [speaking into radio mike] 37, roger.
[to cockpit crew]
Alfred L. Freiburger: We'll use the new runway.
William A. Stewart: I hear it's a bowling alley with lights.
Alfred L. Freiburger: [reading check list] Heater switches, off.
William A. Stewart: Off.
Alfred L. Freiburger: Booster switches, high.
Sgt. 1st Class Danny MacCullough: High.
Alfred L. Freiburger: Fingers crossed.
Sgt. 1st Class Danny MacCullough: [with the others, in unison and crossing fingers] Crossed!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, the "Hollywood" stars (Clift, Douglas etc.), are not credited, however a panoramic coda does credit the principal military service members who portrayed themselves in the film. It shows them standing at attention in front of a C-54, with their names and ranks scrolling across. See more »

Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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National Emblem
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Music by Edwin Eugene Bagley
Played after the air field ceremony
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Amazing movie from that time period
8 October 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Unlike so many war time dramas of that time where characters one dimensionally and the Americans were always the good guys this one is a breath of fresh air. Most of the characters are simply trying to survive and behave in a manner consistent with that aim while some, like Clift's character, are at little too saintly to be plausible. How the two women handle the war reflects how when people are faced with the face crisis can respond in dramatically different ways. The American government deserves kudos for allowing its soldiers to be used in the film.

Some of the images are haunting such as seeing a devastated Berlin and others like planes landing and taking off are just plain cool. ('Scuse the pun.)


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