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Strategic Air Command (1955)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 12 July 1955 (Japan)
An ex-pilot and current baseballer is recalled into the U.S. Air Force and assumes an increasingly important role in Cold War deterrence.

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Sally Holland
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Gen. Ennis C. Hawkes
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Lt. Col. Rocky Samford
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Ike Knowland
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Gen. Espy
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Tom Doyle
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Maj. Gen. 'Rusty' Castle
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Rev. Dr. Thorne
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Mrs. Thorne (as Rosemary De Camp)
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Capt. Symington (as John R. McKee)
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Sgt. Bible - Flight Engineer (as Henry Morgan)
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Storyline

Lt. Col. Robert (Dutch) Holland was a third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, not a pitcher. While at spring training a B-36 flew over the field and Dutch was standing on third base. Brewster was his third base replacement when he, Dutch was re-called to duty. The movie clearly depicts this. Written by Frank Weiss

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The character Tom Doyle (the Cardinals' manager) shares his name with the detective in another James Stewart movie, Rear Window (1954). See more »

Goofs

While trying to resolve his i.d. problem at the air force base gate, Dutch Holland instructs the cab driver to pull over to a nearby parking lot. He then gets out and takes his bag but doesn't pay the cab driver. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant: [Seeing General Hawkes speaking to the men on the flight line while smoking a cigar, whispering to Holland] Sir, that cigar. Doesn't the general know that the aircraft might explode?
Lt. Col. Robert 'Dutch' Holland: It wouldn't dare.
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The Air Force Takes Command
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington and Major Tommy Thomson Jr.
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The aircraft steal the show
19 July 2003 | by (Lowell, MA) – See all my reviews

"Strategic Air Command" is a look at the 1950's, when the needs of the Cold War caused America to begin rearming after having nearly disarmed itself following World War II.

With his trademark sincerity, James Stewart plays Lt. Col. Holland, a former Air Force officer and now ballplayer who is recalled to duty as the new Strategic Air Command expands its might. June Allyson plays Sally, his devoted wife. Together they and the other families of SAC have to cope with the strains that SAC missions put on their personal lives.

The stresses that SAC duty put on families is true enough. But as movie drama it's all written in a way that's utterly trite and predictable. You can practically guess in advance the main set-pieces: Sally is going to become pregnant and have to deal with it without her husband around, Holland is going to get into some life-threatening situations and be thinking of his wife all the while, but he'll be rescued in the end, and so on.

What nearly makes up for a trite plot, however, is the spectacular aerial photography of the two "actors" that truly steal the show: SAC's B-36 Peacemaker bomber, and its state-of-the-art (at the time!) medium jet bomber, the B-47. The B-36, a huge flying battleship with six prop engines plus four jet engines, and a crew of maybe 15, is beautifully photographed in flight, with an accompanying musical score. For today's younger generation who are used to today's ultra-modern planes, the movie is worth seeing for its loving last look at a generation of impressive aircraft that never saw combat, and hence aren't as well known as both their predecessors and successors that did serve in war.


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