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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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Cast

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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
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Mrs. Thorne (as Rosemary De Camp)
Richard Shannon ...
Flight Instructor Pilot
John McKee ...
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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Action | Drama | War

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12 July 1955 (Japan)  »

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In geheimer Kommandosache  »

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(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Gen. Ennis C. Hawkes was based on Gen. Curtis LeMay, the real-life commander of the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command from 1949 to 1957. See more »

Goofs

When the full wing of B-47s is taxiing out from MacDill to deploy to Japan, the aircraft have wing tanks installed. In flight, the wing tanks are missing. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant: We've been bombing cities every day and every night all over the U.S., only people never know it.
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Connections

Referenced in Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Air Force Takes Command
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington and Major Tommy Thomson Jr.
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VistaVision!!!
12 September 2001 | by (Tampa, FL) – See all my reviews

Without sounding like some "tech-head" and quoting all sorts of technical jargon, I've just got to say, that one of the main reasons for enjoying this Cold War pic is the sheer visual impact. The flight sequence where Dutch is sent out in a Peacemaker is incredible. The color, clouds, and air-to-air photography is stunning. My one thought through the movie was, "What a shame the Steady-cam wasn't around."

One of the classic film cable channels has been showing what appears to be a well restored print, and I wonder if a DVD version will be avaliable, at some date.

And, if you are a plane fan, seeing a B-36 in motion is impressive, too. It's something to see a flight deck that has no computer, digital display, ot high tech flight control. Dials! Propellers! Incredible!

And yes, being a car fan, too, I got a big charge out of this picture.

This is a great rainy/snowy/stay inside Sunday afternoon movie. Grab a drink, pop some popcorn, turn off the current world, and set "The Way-Back Machine" to the early 50's when the BAD GUY was a Bear, and the world was a safer place.


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