Air Force Colonel Shannon is assigned to escort defecting Soviet pilot Anna. He falls in love with her, but she is scheming to lure him back to the USSR. But Shannon has a scheme of his own. Written by
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Airfield scenes set in Russia were actually filmed on the main flightline at Edwards AFB, which appeared suitably primitive. See more »
When the fighter breaks off after the radar intercept, the markings on the plane are backwards (flipped film). See more »
Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon:
[When asked why a fellow Russian has ejected from an aircraft sitting on the runway]
He must have pulled the seat ejection lever instead of the seat adjustment lever!
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Some prints open with the RKO Radio logo, others with the Universal-International logo. See more »
The aerial footage is nice, but once people start talking, the film goes into a tailspin. The plot seems as though it was made up as they went along (on a few occasions, I thought a reel must be missing) and I don't think I'm giving anything away (like there was any suspense anyway) by saying John Wayne must really love Janet Leigh to stay with her after she pistol whips him. Twice. It's unintentionally hilarious but unbelievably bad. I always like Hans Conreid, but he doesn't show up until the very end. All of the other actors in the film have a wooden presentation, as though they brought in actual air force officers to appear in the film. And if the U.S. military really hatched a plan like this, there should be courts martial all around.
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