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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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Complete credited cast:
Sally Holland
Gen. Ennis C. Hawkes
Lt. Col. Rocky Samford
Ike Knowland
Gen. Espy
Tom Doyle
James Millican ...
Maj. Gen. 'Rusty' Castle
Rev. Dr. Thorne
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Mrs. Thorne (as Rosemary De Camp)
Richard Shannon ...
Flight Instructor Pilot
John McKee ...
Capt. Symington (as John R. McKee)
Sgt. Bible (flight engineer) (as Henry Morgan)


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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Release Date:

12 July 1955 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

In geheimer Kommandosache  »

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Sound Mix:

(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The B-47 cockpit used in the film is now on display at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, CA. See more »


When the wing is being briefed about the deployment to Japan, Jimmy Stewart addresses them. Some will fly non-stop, others will refuel in Seattle. The pin on the map representing Seattle is actually placed at Portland. See more »


Lt. Col. Robert 'Dutch' Holland: You got any kids?
Sgt. Bible: Yep, two. One on the ramp, one in the hangar!
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Referenced in Happy Days: A Sight for Sore Eyes (1976) See more »


The Air Force Takes Command
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington and Major Tommy Thomson Jr.
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A Long Time Ago
24 June 2004 | by (Coral Springs, FL) – See all my reviews

Next year, 2005, will be the 50th anniversary of the movie, "Strategic Air Command." Nearly all reviews of this movie are quite similar...a somewhat boring movie with unsurpassed aerial photography of the magnificent B-36. (One really needs to see the in-flight sequences...they are extraordinary!)

These valid comments really ignore the "larger picture." The B-36 (Peacemaker) stopped flying before the average person living today was born...it was a long time ago. This movie captures a time in America when the military...SAC with its aircraft...ADC (Air Defense Command) with its hundreds of radar sites nationwide...civilians in The Ground Observer Corps...were all involved in "watching the sky" in order to help protect and defend from possible attack by our cold war enemies.

It is difficult, understandably, for many today to comprehend the times and attitudes depicted in "Strategic Air Command." I was there...it did happen. This movie captures some of the dedication that was required. With that in mind, perhaps we can forgive a script and story line that is weak. More importantly, let's celebrate that, a half-century ago, many served and did their duty as the times required. That is the real message of this movie.

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