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Irving Wallace (screenplay)
Sam Rolfe (story)
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Release Date:
1958 (Austria) See more »
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Tagline:
THE MIGHT OF IT - THE SIGHT OF IT STUNS THE SCREEN! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
Sgt. Chuch Brennan always disliked playboy and hotshot, Col. Jim Herlihy. Now Chuck has even more reason to, Jim is dating his daughter, Lois. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Oscar-Nominated Actress Featured in One of Universal's Biggest Blockbusters Dead at 99
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A stiff sergeant confronts a colonel who falls in love for his daughter and interlaced with spectacular aerial scenes See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Natalie Wood ... Lois Brennan

Karl Malden ... MSgt. Chuck V. Brennan

Marsha Hunt ... Edith Brennan

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Col. Jim Herlihy
Don Kelly ... MSgt. Darren McKine

Nelson Leigh ... Brig. Gen. Wayne Acton
Robert Nichols ... Wilbur 'Brooklyn' Stuart
Ray Montgomery ... Barnes
Robert Hover ... Simpson (as Bob Hover)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Baxley ... Crewman in Korea (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... Pasquali, Mechanic (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Russ Conway ... Gen. Tyler (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Sylvia Slater (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Nielson (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Mr. Sampton, Contestant (uncredited)
Michael Emmet ... Capt. Dickson (uncredited)
Ethel Greenwood ... Slater's Party Guest (uncredited)
Steven Hayes ... Fireman (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Tall Thin Man (uncredited)
Jean Howell ... Betty McKine (uncredited)
Olin Howland ... Joe, Cafe Proprietor (uncredited)
Will Hutchins ... B-52 Navigator Roberts (uncredited)
Bill Idelson ... Tail Gunner (uncredited)
Beverly Ruth Jordan ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Byron Kane ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Henry Kulky ... Calvin, Truck Driver at Cafe (uncredited)
Peter Leeds ... TV Quiz Show Director (uncredited)
Art Lewis ... Radar Observer (uncredited)
Leon Lontoc ... Cook in Korea (uncredited)
Kathy Marlowe ... Blonde (uncredited)
George Milan ... Quiz Show Emcee (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Harold - Slater's Party Guest (uncredited)
Mort Mills ... Sergeant Addressing Flyers (uncredited)

Juanita Moore ... Clarissa, the Maid (uncredited)
Tracy Morgan ... Redhead (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Nightclub Bartender (uncredited)
Joan Patti ... Slater's Party Guest (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton ... Lt. Col. Graham (uncredited)

Bing Russell ... Operator (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
James Seay ... B-52 School Instructor (uncredited)
William Swan ... Crewman in Korea (uncredited)
Beverly Thomas ... 49er Girl (uncredited)
Elaine Towne ... Older Woman (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Col. John Baker (uncredited)
Robert Whiteside ... Crewman in Korea (uncredited)

Stuart Whitman ... Maj. Sam Weisberg (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Bud Slater (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
 
Writing credits
Irving Wallace (screenplay)

Sam Rolfe (story)

Produced by
Richard Whorf .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography) (as William Clothier)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Reilly 
 
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter 
 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Connie Nichols .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Arthur Lueker .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Kissell .... assistant director
Jack Boland .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Cunningham .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
Walter Feldman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Arthur H. Pullen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Paul Reuting .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harold E. Wellman .... aerial photographer
Ted D. McCord .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bob Irving .... technical coordinator (as Robert Irving)
Benjamin R. Ostlin .... technical advisor (as Major Benjamin R. Ostlin U.S.A.F.)
Charles P. Bialka .... liaison officer (uncredited)
Howard Hohler .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
106 min
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Color:
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
This movie is a Warner Brother official studio tribute to the B-52 Stratofortress bomber air craft and the United States Air Force.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When General Tyler enters the briefing room prior to the Africa flight, nobody stands up as would have been normal military protocol (when he leaves, everyone properly stands up).See more »
Quotes:
B-52 School Instructor:[At the briefing for Air Force men being given at Boeing plant in Seattle] These are pictures of the B-52 Stratofortress. It's the biggest jet bomber in the world. It can reach any target in the world. It can fly over six hundred miles an hour, over eight miles high, and over six thousand miles distance without refueling. On a single mission, one of these airplanes - Just ONE - can carry greater destructive force than that of all the bombs dropped by the entire Allied air forces during the whole of World War Two.See more »
Soundtrack:
The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)See more »

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A stiff sergeant confronts a colonel who falls in love for his daughter and interlaced with spectacular aerial scenes, 22 January 2014
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Interesting as well as tedious film at times , though . The picture contains a silly and boring love story ; being designed to showcase the US Air Force's brand-new B-52 Stratofortress bomber, including actual footage of jet plane and as such the studio received complete cooperation from the Air Force . As the B-52 Stratofortress bombers weighed 500,000 pounds and could fly at a speed of 650+ miles per hour and travel 17,000 miles without having to land and they could refuel in mid-air . This aerial drama deals with Sgt. Chuch Brennan (Karl Malden who steals the show as expert sergeant) always disliked playboy and hotshot, Col. Jim Herlihy (Efrem Zimbalist , he replaced Tab Hunter) . Now Chuck has even more reason to, Jim is dating his daughter, Lois (Natalie Wood ,during shooting, she was named "Miss Stratosphere of 1957" and "Sweetheart of Castle Air Force Base") . This movie's dedication shown at the end of the film states: "With grateful appreciation for the cooperation of the United States Air Force we proudly dedicate this picture to the crew chiefs and ground personnel , the indispensable men who contribute so much to our airpower."

This is a family drama , including an usual love story between a pilot colonel and a gorgeous young with her sergeant father objecting , interwoven with nice aerial footage of B 52 maneuvers . This film is a Warner Brother official studio tribute to the B-52 Stratofortress bomber air craft and the United States Air Force. This was apparently the first film in which the US Air Force's new B-52 Stratofortress bomber was featured. It appeared in a number of films afterward, notably A Gathering of Eagles (1963), Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), and By Dawn's Early Light (1990). Good quartet protagonist as Karl Malden , Efrem Zimbalist , Natalie Wood and Marsha Hunt . Although Natalie Wood received star billing with her name above the title, she actually only had a minor part . Fine plethora of secondaries , many of them uncredited , such as Ann Doran , John Doucette , Stuart Whitman , Bing Russell , Will Hutchins and recently deceased Juanita Moore . Colorful cinematography in Cinemascope by William H. Clothier , John Ford's usual , it was shot on location in in Merced County (California) Air Force base . Thrilling as well as rousing musical score by Leonard Rosenman .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Gordon Douglas. This is one of various and professional works of his long career as filmmaker . He was a Hollywood veteran director, directing early movies such as ¨Little rascals¨, ¨Spanky¨. He was an expert on adventures genre as ¨Black arrow¨ and ¨Fortunes of Captain Blood¨ , both starred by Louis Hayward ; but he's mainly specialist filmmaking Western , his first was ¨ Girl rush (1944)¨ and in the 40s directed ¨Doolins of Oklahoma¨ and ¨The Nevadan¨ for duo Harry Joe Brown-Randolph Scott . He went on directing Alan Ladd's vehicles as ¨Iron Mistress¨ and ¨The fiend who walked west¨ which resulted to be a Western rendition to ¨Kiss of death¨. In the 50s he proved his specialty on Western in the films starred by Clint Walker as ¨Fort Dobbs¨ ,¨Yellowstone Kelly¨, ¨Gold of seven Saints¨ and about legendary bandits as ¨Doolins of Oklahoma¨ and ¨Great Missouri raid¨ . After that , he filmed ¨Chuka(1967)¨ that bears remarkable resemblance to ¨Only the valiant¨ , the remake ¨Stagecoach (1966)¨ , and the superior ¨Rio Conchos¨. Douglas usually worked for Frank Sinatra in various films such as ¨Lady in Cement¨, ¨Tony Rome¨, ¨The detective¨ , ¨Robin and the 7 Hoods¨. Bombers B 52 , rating : Passable and acceptable , 6 . Well worth seeing .

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