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Resident of Houston, Texas, USA since 1977.
Disabled with Parkinson's.
As of Feb2012, will cut back on my IMDB blogging, since Comcast cable has moved TCM to a more expensive tier.
Consequences of landing a jetliner in the past
It is fascinating to contemplate the alteration to the time-line if Flight 33 had landed in New York in 1939. Since the Boeing 707 owed much of its layout to the B-52 strategic bomber, the US Army Air Corps would most likely reverse-engineer this gift into a military bomber, capable of outrunning any Axis fighter of the period, and flying at altitudes that would make it immune to enemy AA artillery fire. In a war where the enemy possessed nothing comparable until the Me262 jet fighter entered service in 1944, the air war over Germany and Japan would have been one-sided. Combine this with the passengers' historical knowledge of what was to come (the Battle of Britain, Pearl Harbor, the Soviet A-bomb spies, and the Cold War), the course of world history might have radically changed.
Mission Over Korea (1953)
I would like to correct a few assumptions made by another reviewer. First, the NK "Tommygun" was a Soviet-designed PPSh 7.62mm submachine gun (THE most widely-used infantry weapon of the Red Army in WW2). Also, it was clear that the NK combatants were fifth-column troops in civilian garb, who were waiting for the moment (the crossing of the 38th parallel by their uniformed comrades)where their surprise attack could do the most damage (ala the 1968 Tet Offensive in South Vietnam). As for the bazooka under the wing: one pilot in Patton's Third Army in 1944 France had SIX bazookas (three under each wing)on his spotter plane, and was credited with one German tank. As for the "eagle-vs.-pigeon" argument, a First Army spotter pilot (also in 1944) was bounced by a Me-109, but led his pursuer into a wooded plot where the German pilot collided with a tree that his "easy meat" prey was able to avoid. Lastly, the Commie "Pershing" tanks were M18 Hellcat tank destroyers (recognizable by their open-topped turrets).
The Man from Planet X (1951)
Not the first alien invasion flick
I am both a 50's SF fan and a UFO buff. The earliest cinematic version of an alien invasion that I am aware of is "THE PURPLE MONSTER STRIKES", a late 1945 Republic serial about a Martian who lands outside a laboratory, kills a physicist, and inhabits his body in order to recruit Earthmen to aid in his invasion plans. Ludicrious, but enjoyable. Also, the second Flash Gordon serial (FLASH GORDON'S TRIP TO MARS) has Ming the Merciless establishing a base on Mars in preparation for an attack on Earth. Early in the serial, a rocket ship from Mongo is shot down by Gordon and Dr. Zarkov, and the surviving pilot is interrogated by Flash, thus learning of Ming's scheme. Lastly, Paramount had plans to film a silent version of "THE WAR OF THE WORLDS", but did not get to it until the 1950s.