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Strategic Air Command (1955)
The Real Heroes!
Victor Young, for his magnificent "flight music". William Daniels, for his magnificent aerial photography. Paul Mantz, for his excellent management of the flight sequences.
This movie so captured me when it was released, that I saw it five or six times in theaters and subsequently applied for and got an appointment to the Air Force Academy (I flunked the physical).
I agree, Jimmie Stewart at 47 Y.O. wasn't believable as a MLB pitcher or as a bomber pilot, and the late June Alison's character was way too whiney. Nevertheless, Strategic Air Command captures the Cold War 1950s in a way I've never seen in any other movie. It's a sad commentary on our sense of history that's it's not available on DVD at this late date. Propaganda, certainly, but no less compelling for that.
The 1950s was a scary time to grow up, and this movie accurately reflects that fact.
See this movie, if you haven't already. It's worth looking for!