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Bombers B-52 (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 26 December 1957 (Japan)
Sgt. Chuck Brennan always disliked playboy and hotshot, Col. Jim Herlihy. Now Chuck has even more reason to, Jim is dating his daughter, Lois.

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MSgt. Darren McKine
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Wilbur 'Brooklyn' Stuart
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Barnes
Robert Hover ...
Simpson (as Bob Hover)
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Storyline

U.S Air Force Sgt. Chuck Brennan always disliked playboy and hotshot, Col. Jim Herlihy. He first met him in Korea, where his emergency arrival for repairs while enroute for what Chuck thought was the colonels "hot date" in Tokyo, caused the death of several of his crewmen. Now several years later when Chuck, while still in the Air Force, is now weighing continued enlistment or retirement, the base's new C.O. is none other than Col. Herlihy. Compounding his dislike is a budding romance with Chuck's daughter, Lois. Written by Bill Walch

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THE MIGHT OF IT - THE SIGHT OF IT STUNS THE SCREEN! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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26 December 1957 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

No Sleep till Dawn  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker first used in June 1957 was developed to refuel jet aircraft like the B-52s. The KC-135 replaced the KC-97s seen in the film. The B-52s had to fly dangerously slow in order to be refueled by the KC-97s. The KC-135s could refuel the B-52s at a safer speed and higher altitude. See more »

Goofs

His first scene in the film, Brigadier General Acton's rank is improperly displayed. They should be positioned, centered on the epaulets, not out on the sewed-down portion. Later scenes in the film do show them properly centered. See more »

Quotes

Edith Brennan: [their daughter is on a date with Col. Herlihy] What's come over you? Lois knows the facts of life.
MSgt. Chuck V. Brennan: Sure, she know the facts of life "old style" - she can handle the birds and the bees - but this guy's a jet job!
Edith Brennan: Can't you forget what happened in Korea?
MSgt. Chuck V. Brennan: It's more than that...
Edith Brennan: But you said yourself he's a good pilot and a good officer.
MSgt. Chuck V. Brennan: That's right, none better. I don't mind him handling a B-52 - but not my daughter!
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Crazy Credits

[all lines centered] And Presenting Efrem Zimbalist Jr. See more »

Soundtracks

The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played each time Chuck answers the question correctly
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Only Karl Malden's fine acting lifts this off the runway
10 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

Disappointing compared to for example The Hunters and rather in the manner of the made for TV programming sponsored by large corporations in the 1950's and '60's seamlessly wholesome, moderate and reassuringly affirmative of worthy values - of patriotism, of the decency of the military, of family, of duty and of hard work being its own reward. The aerial photography lacked the supreme vividness of The Hunters. Also the B52 was not as photogenic or exciting as the F86 - similarly Karl Malden compared to The Hunters star hero Robert Mitchum. Nevertheless the script called on Malden to do what he does supremely well - play the decent simple unglamourous man. The two women play very conventional roles - supportive nice looking wife, pretty, innocent and well-behaved daughter. Other women are simply described as "blonds" or "brunettes" - enough said. The greatest object of passion was the new B52 - the "biggest, fastest, highest flying, longest range bomber in the world" - passion which in movie terms sounds cheesy but in reality the chance of working on the best, the latest, fastest, most advanced etc etc is the lure which captures and retains the most skilled designers and engineers worldwide.


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