Story follows the training and personal lives of three recruits in the Army Air Corps --- a wealthy playboy, a college jock and an auto mechanic. Love interest is supplied by a female photographer and a sultry blonde.Written by
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Omaha Friday 6 March 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), followed by Milwaukee 25 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Phoenix 1 August 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), by Philadelphia 19 September 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), by Asheville 27 October 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), by Chicago 14 November 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), and by Grand Rapids 31 December 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8). See more »
In the opening scene showing the bombers flying over the observation post, the angle of their outline is wrong, it should be shallower, these planes look like they are about to bank to the right. Also, the altitude given by the observer is 15,000 feet, but the planes would look a lot smaller at that altitude. See more »
Just passable air force flick bogged down by script
Mitchell Leisen was drafted in to do this one after shooting had started when it wasn't coming together under the original director. He did a good job of the flying shots but the clichéd, inconsistent script stops this from being any more than passable.
The movie is also long, unusual for Leisen as he liked fast paced movies, and I guess some of this is due to scenes capturing the feel of the air force at work. However by the time you get back to the court martial scenes at the beginning you have almost forgotten what the trial was about.
I liked Brian Donlevy - thought he was convincing. Bill Holden was just starting out. Ray Milland always reminds me of a second rate Cary Grant, except he managed to do something later in his career that Cary was unable to do - win the Oscar for best actor. There is no development at all for his character in the script. Didn't mind Veronica Lake though she was apparently not a lot of fun to work with in this her first movie.
This movie is also referenced in Leisen's next movie "Hold Back the Dawn" as the movie Leisen is making when the Charles Boyer character comes in to tell his story.
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