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A Korean War film with a secondary plot of the training of South Korean pilots, to fly fighters in air defense, by American Air Force instructors,led by Major Brady, a famed and skilled-but-grounded pilot, assigned to the Kongku base. Once there he meets again Donna Cottrell (Barbara Britton), whom he was about to marry a year ago until she learned that she wasn't the widow she thought she was. Her husband (Bruce Bennett), had been a prisoner and wasn't dead, and showed up before the wedding and more or less put a damper on the whole proceedings. He is the base doctor and also keeps a wary eye on his wife and Brady. Not a bad idea considering the short period of grief she went through, after being informed he was dead, before heading for the altar with Brady. But Bruce Bennet, as was par for the course for characters Bennett usually played, does the right thing and gets himself blown up by an enemy bomb (and is certified real dead this time), thereby ensuring the two top-billed ... Written by
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It's 1950, and the U.S. Air Force is worried about the North Koreans overrunning Seoul and parts of South Korea. John Hodiak is an Air Force Major who has to train the local South Korean pilots ASAP before the war might break out. The U.S is not yet in the war, as they are waiting for United Nations approval of military action. To complicate matters for Hodiak, his ex-flame Barbara Britton is on base. Things are a bit awkward as when she and Hodiak were together she thought that her husband, doctor Bruce Bennett, was dead in Vietnam, but he turned up alive a few months later.
This is a low budget film by Allied Artists. The first half is mostly talk and most of the action doesn't happen until the last half. There are a few flaws in the screenplay, for example main character Hodiak doesn't have much to do in the climax. Also, the Korean pilots are barely shown, although the main story is about training them. It would have been much more interesting if we had gotten to know them. Most of the supporting characters don't have much to do, but it is nice to see actors like Chuck Connors and Fess Parker in small roles.
The film has been lovingly restored by the 3D Archive and looks great even in 2D. It is an interesting look at the Korean War that was released a few months after the war ended. If you like war films or 3D films, don't miss it, but don't expect a classic.
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