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Sky Commando (1953)

Approved | | War, Drama | 21 August 1953 (USA)
Colonel Ed Wyatt (Dan Duryea) is regarded by pilots under his command as being a ruthless disciplinarian. His co-pilot, Lt. Hobson Lee (Mike Connors as Touch Connors), and Jo McWethy (... See full summary »

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Col. Ed (E.D.) Wyatt
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Jo McWethy
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Lt. Hobson 'Hobbie' Lee (as Touch Conners)
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Maj. Scott
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Lt. John 'Johnny' Willard (as William R. Klein)
Freeman Morse ...
Danny Nelson
Dick Paxton ...
Capt. Frank Willard
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Gen. Carson
Dick Lerner ...
Jorgy
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Gen. W.R. Combs
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Colonel Ed Wyatt (Dan Duryea) is regarded by pilots under his command as being a ruthless disciplinarian. His co-pilot, Lt. Hobson Lee (Mike Connors as Touch Connors), and Jo McWethy (Frances Gifford), a war correspondent assigned to the squadron become more friendly than meets Wyatt's approval. When Wyatt's plane is forced down behind enemy lines, he orders his crew to proceed to the American lines with the vital film they have shot, while he remains behind to hold off the enemy. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Coolest Customers You Ever Saw in the hottest planes that ever flew!

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21 August 1953 (USA)  »

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Comandos en el cielo  »

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1.37 : 1
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Planes seen are P80s, F86, B17s and B24s. See more »

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About twenty minutes into the film, an airfield emergency is declared with an aircraft coming in "on two engines". There then follows a polyglot of stock footage showing four four-engine B-24 Liberators, all with all engines turning, wartime-footage of a B-25 Mitchell twin-engine bomber crash-landing, followed by a flight of four four-engine B-17 Flying Fortresses approaching a field, and then, B-24s rolling out on landing. No attempt was made at matching footage of the aircraft types shown. See more »

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Not so much a movie as a raid on the combat footage library
22 September 2008 | by (Falls Church, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This film, with the merest of story lines to hold it together, is really just an excuse to cobble together stock combat footage, both American and German, of a mixture of American bombers, mostly B-25 Mitchells, but also B-17 Flying Fortresses, B-24 Liberators, and an occasional B-26 Marauder, all of which get intercut without regard to any sense of continuity. All cockpit interiors are of a B-25, interior fuselage shots appear to be B-26s, and in the latter half of this so-called "film", on a mission in B-24s, the close-up of the cockpit is a B-26. High-level B-24 group footage is mixed with Ploesti low-level training and mission footage without any regard to believability. Several crash sequences created for the movie are hokey-looking models. What little new-shot footage of flying done is all of training B-25s in a southwestern U.S. location without unit markings or tailcodes, intercut with stock footage of flying formations in combat paintschemes. The same stock shots of German 88 mm. anti-aircraft guns are reused several times.

When the main pilot's "B-24" is hit, the long-shot of it going down is a Boeing B-17, followed by a cheesy Liberator model crashing. Cut to five "survivors", supposedly down in Yugoslavia, who are repatriated within minutes, with the film wrapping up almost immediately thereafter.

As for a plot, there really isn't one. Bad acting, poor script - stay away from this stinker unless you just want to see combat film.


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