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Release Date:
October 1956 (USA) See more »
ROCKET SHIP PILOTS, U.S.A.! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
The trials and tribulations of a group of experimental aircraft test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base at the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s. | Add synopsis »
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William Holden ... Maj. Lincoln Bond

Lloyd Nolan ... Brig. Gen. Bill Banner
Virginia Leith ... Connie Mitchell

Charles McGraw ... Col. 'Mickey' McKee

Murray Hamilton ... Maj. Bromo Lee

Paul Fix ... Lt. Gen. Bryan Shelby

James Garner ... Lt. Col. Joe Craven

L.Q. Jones ... 2nd Lt. Sweeney

Karen Steele ... Polly Craven
Bartlett Robinson ... Senator Black

Malcolm Atterbury ... Hank - Bell Technical Rep.
Ralph Moody ... Harvey Gilbert
Maura Murphy ... Sarah McKee
Carol Kelly ... Debbie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard H. Cutting ... Doc Bailey - Flight Surgeon (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Stranger in Nightclub Fight (uncredited)
Cathy Ferrara ... Lucy Craven (uncredited)
Don C. Harvey ... Jerry the Bartender (uncredited)
William Henry ... AP Captain (uncredited)
Robert Hover ... Pilot (uncredited)
Les Johnson ... Pilot (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Chaplain (uncredited)

Jon Provost ... Joe Craven Jr. (uncredited)
Autumn Russell ... Harriet (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Gate Guard - Edwards A.F.B. (uncredited)
Bob Stratton ... Jimmy (uncredited)

James Westmoreland ... Pilot (uncredited)
Will J. White ... AP Sergeant (uncredited)
Jean Willes ... Carmen (uncredited)
James S. Wilson ... Chase Pilot (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
Writing credits
Beirne Lay Jr. (written by)

Produced by
Beirne Lay Jr. .... associate producer
Mervyn LeRoy .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Baron 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (director of photography) (as Hal Rosson)
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler  (as William Ziegler)
Art Direction by
John Beckman 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst  (as Ralph Hurst)
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Mel Dellar .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Alleborn .... assistant director: second unit
Russell Llewellyn .... assistant director
Russell Saunders .... second unit director (as Russ Saunders)
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
Special Effects by
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
Leo K. Kuter .... special effects art director (as Leo E. Kuter)
Camera and Electrical Department
Harold E. Wellman .... photography: second unit
Paul Mantz .... aerial director of photography (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Thomas Reilly .... film editor: second unit
Other crew
Frank Everest .... technical advisor (as Lt. Col. Frank Everest Jr. ARDC)
Price Henry .... technical advisor (as Maj. Price Henry ARDC)
Ralph Martin .... technical advisor (as Lt. Col. Ralph Martin ARDC)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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115 min
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #17997)

Did You Know?

The farewell fly-by honoring Lloyd Nolan's character was led by "Pete" Everest (Frank Everest), accompanied by Iven Kincheloe, Lou Schalk, Stu Childs and Robert M. White. All were famous Edwards AFB test pilots.See more »
Factual errors: Early in the film when Bond observes General Banner crash his aircraft, it's referred to as an "F-102". In reality the hulk that Banner is pulled from is a Convair XF-92, the experimental predecessor to the F-102 Delta Dart.See more »
Brig. Gen. Bill Banner:[to Maj. Lincoln Bond] Even with torture, you're not the kind to crack.See more »
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Very good film. Well paced and acted., 27 December 1999
Author: davepaul from Colorado

Too bad that a film like this is not on tape or DVD. A whole generation of viewers miss seeing a film that is history and drama of the birth of the space age. This is a gripping story that is well told and verges on being a documentary about the test pilots at Edwards AFB.

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