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The McConnell Story (1955)

A Korean War fighter pilot hero returns home to test fly the new Sabre jets despite his wife's uneasiness regarding his job.

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Mac's plans to settle down and raise a family are upset by the Korean War. He goes as a fighter pilot and returns a hero, the first triple ace of the war. His neighbors have built a home for Mac and his devoted wife and their three children. Now he has an offer to test pilot new Sabre Jets. His wife is uneasy but knows she cannot ground her man. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The real thing! The true story of America's first triple jet ace!

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2 December 1955 (West Germany)  »

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Wolkenstürmer  »

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$3,500,000, 31 December 1955
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(RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints)| (optical prints)

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2.55 : 1
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According to Alan Ladd's biography; he fell madly in love with his co-star, yet supposedly never consummated the romance. See more »

Goofs

During the part of the movie in which McConnell is flying combat missions as a navigator in Europe, his plane is a B-17 Flying Fortress. The real Lt McConnell flew in B-24 Liberators. However, this mistake is understandable, since very few B-24s were still flyable at the time the movie was made, while many B-17s were still operational as rescue, training, and transport aircraft. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Joseph C.'Mac' McConnell, Jr.: I think I'm going to call you 'Butch'
Pearl 'Butch' Brown: Why?
Capt. Joseph C.'Mac' McConnell, Jr.: Because when I look at you, you cut me into pieces.
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Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung by Mac and Butch's new neighbors
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Another jet movie flames out.
27 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Even for a 1950s "wave the flag" movie, this film's plot is just, well, very bad. It is cliche ridden and inaccurate. The real Capt. Joe McConnell, Korea's highest scoring ace, got all his 16 air to air victories in just the last six months of the Korean War, and was shot down once himself. This could have made for an exciting docudrama. Instead, the director chose to do something less than a high school drama presentation showing June Allison flittering around with her screechy dialogue and Alan Ladd wearing his G-suit too low on his waist. (Never mind the inaccuracies like showing Ladd in a B-17 in WW 2, when McConnell was a B-24 nav).

The "aerial combat sequences" were laughable, especially the F-86s waltzing to AFN radio.

A much better period piece is "The Hunters" with Robert Mitchum.


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