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The McConnell Story (1955)

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 ... See full summary »

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Capt. Joseph C.'Mac' McConnell, Jr.
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Pearl 'Butch' Brown
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SSgt. / Maj. / Col. Ty 'Dad' Whitman
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Sfc. Sykes
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Bob Brown
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Newton Bass
Sarah Selby ...
Mrs. Brown
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1st Military Policeman
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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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2 December 1955 (West Germany)  »

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Wolkenstürmer  »

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

According to June Allyson in her biography, she and Alan Ladd had a romance during the shooting, but it remained platonic because they did not want to be unfaithful to their respective husband and wife. See more »

Goofs

Sykes is wearing incorrect rank stripes. He is shown with the five stripes of a Sergeant First Class, but his stripes include the diamond of a First Sergeant. A sergeant with a diamond in the center, a Sergeant First Class, would wear a total of six stripes instead of five. 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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Jeepers Creepers
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Music by Harry Warren
Played after Mac turns on the light in the room
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Real Life Intruded
8 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not a GREAT film, but certainly watchable. You could easily swap June Allyson's "stalwart wife" performance here with her roles in STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND and THE GLENN MILLER STORY. Alan Ladd was an excellent choice for the title role as you can see at this site: www.acepilots.com/korea_mcconnell.html. Sadly, the ending of the film had to be re-written when Captain McConnell was killed during a test flight of an F86 at Edwards AFB in May of 1954 while the film was still in production. Of Note: McConnell was indeed shot down himself, but he managed to not only nurse his plane to where he could eject and be rescued at sea ("I barely got wet"), he also shot down the Mig (piloted by a Russian "Ace") that had gotten him! He last three kills came on his final day of combat missions whereupon his commanding General ordered his top ACE home.


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