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Release Date:
October 1957 (USA) See more »
Greatest Air Spectacle of the Jet Age! Earth-shaking, sky-shattering ... SO BIG it took years to make! See more »
Air Force Colonel Jim Shannon is tasked to escort a defecting Soviet pilot who is scheming to lure Shannon to the USSR. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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John Wayne ... Col. Jim Shannon

Janet Leigh ... Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon / Olga Orlief

Jay C. Flippen ... Maj. Gen. Black

Paul Fix ... Maj. Rexford
Richard Rober ... FBI Agent George Rivers
Roland Winters ... Col. Sokolov

Hans Conried ... Col. Matoff
Ivan Triesault ... Gen. Langrad
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Girl (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Lois Austin ... Saleswoman at Palm Springs Dress Shop (uncredited)
Paul Bakanas ... Russian Security Man (uncredited)
Hall Bartlett ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Gregg Barton ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
John Bishop ... Major Sinclair (uncredited)
Earl Breithard ... Guard (uncredited)

James Brown ... Sergeant (uncredited)
William Bryant ... Radar Monitor (uncredited)
Bruce Cameron ... Batman (uncredited)
Perdita Chandler ... Georgia Rexford (uncredited)

Joyce Compton ... Mrs. Simpson (uncredited)
Tom Daly ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
James Dime ... Russian Security Man (uncredited)
Mason Alan Dinehart ... Fresh Kid at Palm Springs Dress Shop (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Russian (uncredited)
Jane Easton ... Girl (uncredited)

Bill Erwin ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Gene Evans ... Airfield Sergeant (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ... WAF Captain (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Lt. Tiompkin (uncredited)
Barbara Freking ... WAAF Private (uncredited)
Vincent Gironda ... Muscleman (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Don Haggerty ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Janice Hood ... Girl (uncredited)
Darrell Huntley ... Officer (uncredited)
Lamont Johnson ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Joanne Jordan ... WAC Sergeant (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Waiter (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... Mother (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Sylvia Lewis ... WAC Corporal (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Corporal (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Russian General (uncredited)
Gene Marshall ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Allen Mathews ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Keith McConnell ... Bartender (uncredited)
John Morgan ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Russian Guard (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Waiter (uncredited)
Wendell Niles ... Major (uncredited)
Richard Norris ... Russian Interrogator (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Bit Role (uncredited)
David Ormont ... Russian Interrogator (uncredited)
Jack Overman ... Sergeant (uncredited)
James Parnell ... Control Officer (uncredited)

Denver Pyle ... Mr. Simpson (uncredited)
Theodore Rand ... Waiter (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Waiter (uncredited)
Al Rhein ... Bartender (uncredited)
Ric Roman ... Guard (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Sokolov's Batman (uncredited)
James H. Russell ... Corporal (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Driver (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Waiter (uncredited)

Jim B. Smith ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ruthelma Stevens ... Saleswoman (uncredited)
Armand Tanny ... Muscleman (uncredited)

Kenneth Tobey ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Rick Vallin ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Mamie Van Doren ... WAF (uncredited)
Billy Vernon ... Drunk (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Driver (uncredited)
Smoki Whitfield ... Henry (uncredited)
Joan Whitney ... WAC Sergeant (uncredited)
Will Yaeger ... Captain (uncredited)
Buck Young ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Carleton Young ... Technical Sergeant in Palmer Field Control Tower (uncredited)

Directed by
Josef von Sternberg 
Jules Furthman (uncredited)
Writing credits
Jules Furthman (written by)

Produced by
Jules Furthman .... producer
Howard Hughes .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
Cinematography by
Winton C. Hoch (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harry Marker 
Michael R. McAdam 
William M. Moore 
Frederic Knudtson (uncredited)
Casting by
Dick Stockton (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Feild M. Gray  (as Feild Gray)
Set Decoration by
Harley Miller 
Darrell Silvera 
Costume Design by
Michael Woulfe (gowns)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup supervisor
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Esther Berman .... body makeup (uncredited)
Layne Britton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
James House .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Annabell Levy .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Web Overlander .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Edward Killy .... unit production manager
John Burch .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Philip G. Cochran .... supervisor of aerial sequences (uncredited)
Walter Daniels .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Fleck .... assistant director (as Fred A. Fleck)
Harry D'Arcy .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jules Furthman .... second unit director (uncredited)
James Lane .... second unit director (uncredited)
Harold Lewis .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Anthony Lombardo .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... sound
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound (as Earl Wolcott)
Charlie Cohn .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Danny Kelleher .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
Jack Lannan .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Harold E. Wellman .... process (uncredited)
Chuck Yeager .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Campbell .... gaffer (uncredited)
William H. Clothier .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
George Gall .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Robert B. Hauser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Hans F. Koenekamp .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... aerial director of photography (uncredited)
Henry Ogilvie .... best boy (uncredited)
Eddie Pyle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... aerial camera operator: Technicolor (uncredited)
Rod Tolmie .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ralph Wildman .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Tate .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Henry West .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Francis Cugat .... color consultant: Technicolor
Jim Wilkinson .... editorial supervisor
Chandler House .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... conductor
Other crew
Howard Hughes .... presenter
Clarence A. Shoop .... assistant to producer (as Brig. Gen. Clarence A. Shoop)
Philip G. Cochran .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Evelyn Earle .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... pilot (uncredited)
Stan Margulies .... publicist (uncredited)
Dixie McCoy .... dialogue director (uncredited)
J.S. Nash .... project pilot (uncredited)
Louis Shapiro .... location manager (uncredited)
Sidney Zipser .... Technicolor technician (uncredited)

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112 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:K-12 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (original rating) (MPAA rating: certificate #14297) | USA:G (re-rating) (1974) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Filmed between December 8, 1949 and February 8, 1950, this long held-back movie finally debuted on September 25, 1957 in Los Angeles, followed by its Manhattan opening at the Palace Theatre on October 4, 1957.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Anna, despite being a stereotypical Russian agent in an American movie from the Cold War, surprisingly lacks a Russian accent.See more »
Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon:Is this a collision course I'm flying?
Col. Jim Shannon:Drop your dive brakes. You're right on top of it.
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A waste, 16 December 2004
Author: oilerblueline from New York

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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