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12 July 1955 (Japan) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Stewart ... Lt. Col. Robert 'Dutch' Holland

June Allyson ... Sally Holland

Frank Lovejoy ... Gen. Ennis C. Hawkes

Barry Sullivan ... Lt. Col. Rocky Samford

Alex Nicol ... Ike Knowland

Bruce Bennett ... Gen. Espy

Jay C. Flippen ... Tom Doyle

James Millican ... Maj. Gen. 'Rusty' Castle

James Bell ... Rev. Dr. Thorne

Rosemary DeCamp ... Mrs. Thorne (as Rosemary De Camp)
Richard Shannon ... Flight Instructor Pilot
John McKee ... Capt. Symington (as John R. McKee)

Harry Morgan ... Sgt. Bible - Flight Engineer (as Henry Morgan)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Ellen Batten ... Woman in Cafe (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Nurse (uncredited)
Glen Denning ... Sgt. Jones - Radio Operator (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Don Haggerty ... Major - Patrol Commander (uncredited)

Don C. Harvey ... Bartender (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... General's Aide (uncredited)

William Hudson ... Forecaster (uncredited)
Richard Lupino ... Lieutenant - Controller (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Crewman (uncredited)

Strother Martin ... Airman (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Capt. Miller (uncredited)

House Peters Jr. ... Captain (uncredited)
Max Power ... Reporter (uncredited)
William Pullen ... Okinawa Controller (uncredited)
Vernon Rich ... Capt. Johnson (uncredited)
David Vaile ... Capt. Brown (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Yakotda Controller (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Duty Officer (uncredited)
Stephen Wyman ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Mann 
Writing credits
Valentine Davies (screenplay) and
Beirne Lay Jr. (screenplay)

Beirne Lay Jr. (story)

Produced by
Samuel J. Briskin .... producer
Original Music by
Victor Young 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography) (as William Daniels)
Film Editing by
Eda Warren 
Art Direction by
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Frank R. McKelvy  (as Frank McKelvy)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Curtis Mick .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John R. Coonan .... assistant director (as John Coonan)
Bernard McEveety .... second assistant director
James A. Rosenberger .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lyle Figland .... re-recording mixer
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Dick Jensen .... sound editor
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
Jim Miller .... sound recordist
Bill Wistrom .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Hubie Kerns .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Tutwiler .... aerial photographer (as Thomas Tutwiler)
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Murray Young .... key grip (uncredited)
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
O.F. Lassiter .... technical advisor (as Col. O.F. Lassiter U.S.A.F.)
Paul Mantz .... aerial unit supervisor
Charles Morton .... script supervisor
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Grover Heiman Jr. .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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112 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

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 1949-57.See more »
Continuity: At one point, Dutch refers to his old aircraft as a B-24, not a B-29 as mentioned earlier in the film (an understandable mistake, since Jimmy Stewart commanded a B-24 Liberator during WWII, flying 29 combat missions).See more »
Gen. Ennis C. Hawkes:Don't tell me about your little problems! I'm only interested in results!See more »
Movie Connections:
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
fantastic but not everyone's "cup of tea", 29 December 2005
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I'll be very quick to admit that this is NOT a film that would appeal to everyone. In fact, those who love the film are probably in the minority. So why did I like the film so much and consider it among Jimmy Stewart's best films? Well, I love airplanes as well as history and this film is a great lesson about the beginnings of the Strategic Air Command that was created after WWII in response to Soviet expansion. From the historical standpoint and combined with some of the very best aviation footage ever created, it's a fantastic film. Just watching the B-36 and B-47s flying in very vivid color (VISTAVISION) on a large screen is very inspiring and breathtaking to air aficionados. About the only downside, and this is only a minor gripe, is that occasionally the story itself involving Stewart and his wife, June Allyson, seems a tiny bit hokey. However, overall, this is a wonderful film.

UPDATE--After doing this review, I later read some of the other reviews and was very surprised with one that said how unbelievable the older Jimmy Stewart was in the film! This was pretty funny, since Stewart was in the air force reserves and did fly these planes for real--even eventually retiring as a brigadier general well after this movie was made. So apparently, at least according to some, Stewart wasn't believable even though he DID fly SAC bombers in real life!

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