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Director:
Writers:
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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Part military propaganda piece, part soap opera. 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)
Jimmy 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)
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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:
Continuity: When Chuck is ejected by the Colonel after the fire in the bomber, the scene changes to a parachute deploying under the aircraft, the aircraft shown is a Cessna light aircraft not a B52 that he was supposed to have been ejected from.See more »
Quotes:
MSgt. Chuck V. Brennan:Women! - And they say the B-52 is an evolved hunk of machinery.See more »
Soundtrack:
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Part military propaganda piece, part soap opera., 20 October 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I am NOT being negative when I say that "Bombers B-52" is a propaganda piece. Not all propaganda is necessarily evil and the film clearly is a giant recruiting film for the US Air Force. It features their new B-52 bomber and is intended as a publicity piece. However, he's the odd part...the film is also, at times, a bit like a soap opera. While the general plot is a lot like the superior "Strategic Air Command" where a man struggles to decide whether to stay on active duty or move to the private sector, there is the soapy element because the man with this struggle (Karl Malden) is under the impression that his Commanding Officer (Efram Zimbalest) is a playboy trying to wood Malden's daughter (Natalie Wood). Of course, it's all just a misunderstanding that could EASILY be explained away, but most of the film Malden and Zimbalest grunt and do their macho posturing instead of just talking. This makes an otherwise decent film a bit clichéd. During a few sequences, you really wish they'd have edited out the schmaltz and theatrics! It's a shame, as the air sequences are very nice (with a few amazing aerial shots of the bomber from above in mid-flight) and the film is a decent historical look into the Cold War.

A few things to note in the film: The interesting ejection sequence--it really opened my eyes about the way a crew would leave the plane if there was an emergency as well as the low flyover in Egypt--which surely would have resulted in the Egyptians shooting at the plane as well as an international incident!

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