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Release Date:
2 December 1955 (West Germany) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alan Ladd ... Capt. Joseph C.'Mac' McConnell, Jr.

June Allyson ... Pearl 'Butch' Brown

James Whitmore ... SSgt. / Maj. / Col. Ty 'Dad' Whitman

Frank Faylen ... Sfc. Sykes

Robert Ellis ... Bob Brown

Willis Bouchey ... Newton Bass
Sarah Selby ... Mrs. Brown

Gregory Walcott ... 1st Military Policeman

Frank Ferguson ... Mechanic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Murray Alper ... Sergeant (uncredited)

John Alvin ... Johnny - Flyer Escort (uncredited)
Gene Ardell ... Bomber Crewman (uncredited)
Sammy Armaro ... Pilot (uncredited)
Ralph Barbe ... Pilot (uncredited)
Baynes Barron ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Paul Baxley ... Pilot (uncredited)
Richard Bender ... Cadet (uncredited)

John Beradino ... Engineer (uncredited)
Ronald Bischof ... Cadet (uncredited)

Patricia Blair ... Wife (uncredited)
John Bogden ... Boardinghouse Roomer (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Presidential Aide (uncredited)
Richard Brehm ... Cadet (uncredited)

Lillian Bronson ... Spinster (uncredited)

Joe Brooks ... Store Patron (uncredited)
Robert Brucewood ... Cadet (uncredited)
Ann Cameron ... Store Patron (uncredited)

Cindy Carol ... Patty McConnell - ages 9-12 (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Officer (uncredited)
Alano Jo Como ... Kathy McConnell - Age 1 (uncredited)
James Cornell ... Drunk (uncredited)
Alan Craig ... Cadet (uncredited)
James Dobson ... Lt. Roy Singer (uncredited)
Jack Downs ... Soldier in Street (uncredited)

Sam Edwards ... Radio Man (uncredited)
Ray Ferrell ... Ronnie Brown (uncredited)
Kenneth Finger ... Chris McConnell - Age 2 (uncredited)
Harley Forbes ... Pilot (uncredited)
Frank Gerstle ... American Soldier in Korea (uncredited)
William Graeff Jr. ... Soldier at Korean Air Base (uncredited)

Dabbs Greer ... Pilot Instructor (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... Fight Fan (uncredited)

Brad Harris ... Pilot (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Harry Harvey Jr. ... Cadet (uncredited)
Dorothy Heller ... Boardinghouse Roomer (uncredited)

Olin Howland ... Sam - Postman (uncredited)

William Hudson ... Soldier in Office (uncredited)
Michael Keith ... Pilot (uncredited)
Gayle Kellogg ... Gunner (uncredited)
Paul B. Kennedy ... Bomber Crewman (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... 2nd Drunk (uncredited)

John Larch ... Cy (uncredited)
Andrea Lee ... Kathy McConnell - Ages 6-7 (uncredited)
Cindy Lee ... Patty McConnell - Age 6 (uncredited)
William F. Leicester ... Instructor (uncredited)

Perry Lopez ... Red (uncredited)
Alice Marr ... Store Patron (uncredited)
Gloria Marshall ... Boardinghouse Roomer (uncredited)

Vera Marshe ... Blonde Woman (uncredited)

Philo McCullough ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
John McKee ... Bombardier (uncredited)
Bill McLean ... Billy - Corporal Clerk (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Jim Meservie ... Soldier at Control Tower (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Cadet (uncredited)
Grazia Narciso ... Grocer's Wife (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Officer on Hearing Board (uncredited)
Susan Odin ... Bob's Girl Friend (uncredited)
Arvo Ojala ... Cadet (uncredited)
Norman Papson ... Officer at Control Tower (uncredited)
Kenneth Patterson ... Flight Intelligence Officer (uncredited)

John Pickard ... 2nd Military Policeman (uncredited)

Edward Platt ... Medical Corps Instructor (uncredited)
Tony Randall ... Cadet (uncredited)
John M. Reed ... Cadet (uncredited)
Gene Reynolds ... B-17 Pilot (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Major at Hearing (uncredited)
Donald Robinson ... Cadet (uncredited)

Kasey Rogers ... Claire (uncredited)
Bob Rose ... Boardinghouse Roomer (uncredited)
Kathy Sanders ... Kathy McConnell - Age 3 (uncredited)

George Selk ... Janitor (uncredited)
Jack Semple ... Pilot (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe ... Cadet (uncredited)
Deborah Sydes ... Patty McConnell - age 3 (uncredited)
Bob Taylor ... Cadet (uncredited)

Dub Taylor ... Angry Technical Sergeant (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Louie Towers ... Chris McConnell - Age 5 (uncredited)
John Veitch ... Pilot (uncredited)

Herb Vigran ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Linda Vrana ... Neighbor's Child (uncredited)

Tito Vuolo ... Italian Grocer (uncredited)
O.P. Weyland ... Himself - Opening Introduction (uncredited)
Willard W. Willingham ... Pilot (uncredited)
Allen Zeidman ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
Writing credits
Ted Sherdeman (screenplay) and
Sam Rolfe (screenplay)

Ted Sherdeman (story)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
John F. Seitz 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks 
Art Direction by
John Beckman 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director
William Kissell .... assistant director
Russell Saunders .... second unit director
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted D. McCord .... director of photography: second unit
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
Other crew
Leon Charles .... dialogue supervisor
Manuel 'Pete' Fernández .... technical advisor
William L. Orris .... technical advisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
106 min
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints) | Mono (optical prints)

Did You Know?

The black and white dress June Allyson wears at the 4th of July party was previously worn by Judy Garland in the "Born in a Trunk" sequence of A Star Is Born (1954) where she sings "You Took Advantage of Me".See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958)See more »
Hail to the ChiefSee more »


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4 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
One scene I remember, 24 December 2006
Author: sargeollie from United States

AS MCConnell hitchhiking to Fort Devens, MA(Closed in March 1996) via RTE 2 and the showing of the Shirley exit sign, that was cool to see being I am from Shirley, MA. I am also interested in finding this movie on DVD for my collection June Allyson was one of my moms favorite stars while Alan Ladd was one of my dads favorites.

My favorite movie of Alan Ladds was SHANE, because I read the book in school and the storyline of the movie was very close to that of the book. I also liked him in several other films too.

I also read the list of cast members of the McConnell Story and saw that the mechanic was working at the Fitchburg Airport where I had seen an Air Show some time ago.

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