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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 »
NewsDesk:
(5 articles)
Oscar-Nominated Actress Featured in One of Universal's Biggest Blockbusters Dead at 99
 (From Alt Film Guide. 1 January 2014, 4:43 PM, PST)

[DVD Review] The Natalie Wood Collection
 (From JustPressPlay. 7 February 2009, 12:58 PM, PST)

DVD Set Knocks On Wood
 (From New York Post. 3 February 2009, 11:53 PM, PST)

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Only Karl Malden's fine acting lifts this off the runway 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 (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Russ Conway ... Gen. Tyler (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Sylvia Slater (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Nielson (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Mr. Sampton (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 (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 (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 (uncredited)
Mort Mills ... Sergeant Addressing Flyers (uncredited)

Juanita Moore ... Clarissa (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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), and By Dawn's Early Light (1990) (TV).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
MSgt. Chuck V. Brennan:Women! - And they say the B-52 is an evolved hunk of machinery.See more »
Soundtrack:
The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)See more »

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Only Karl Malden's fine acting lifts this off the runway, 10 June 2009
Author: trimmerb1234 from London

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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