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Shirley Anne Field
This movie is a classic 1950's-style gawdawful low budget (very low budget) love-triangle-in-uniform melodrama with a very grade B script and even worse directing (it should should have gotten the Anti-Oscar for Most Indifferent Director, which is why I gave it only a 5). The romantic lead, Dale Robertson, looks like he had been groomed to be the TV stand-in for Clark Gable, which while that might seem obvious, does not mean it was done well. The better-known Evelyn Keyes plays the Woman With A Past. Parts small enough to be cameos fall to Paul Fix and the now very late William Schallert (R.I.P.), but since neither were really famous yet you can't really call them cameos. As the late Joan Rivers might have put it, my overall reaction was, please, gag me with a spoon.
There is a little bit there for aviation enthusiasts, though (which is why I watched it), due to some near-stock footage of some unusual and even rarely-seen aircraft in flight, beginning with a classic Cessna 195 on skis in rare Air Force Rescue livery and including a formation of B-17 Flying Fortresses also in Air Rescue mode, various C-47 (Douglas DC-3) aircraft on skis, another C-47 towing and retrieving a Word-War-II-style invasion glider, and rare footage of the bizarre F-82 Twin Mustang in action. The movie ends with a purely gratuitous flyover of a formation of B-36 Peacemaker thermonuclear strategic bombers (purely gratuitous because they have absolutely nothing to do with the plot, per se, however appropriate they might be to the theme) and begins with a number of equally gratuitous jet fighter flyovers (complete with exciting jet-flyover sounds) because in 1955, that was still near the cutting edge of cool. Fun for plane spotters and instructive for film students to see a textbook example of 1950's very-low-budget melodramatic schmaltz.
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