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Air Cadet (1951)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 29 June 1951 (Belgium)
A group of cadets have assorted problems at the U.S. Air Force Pilot Training Academy.


Joseph Pevney


Robert L. Richards (original story and screenplay), Robert Soderberg (story) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Stephen McNally ... Major Jack Page
Gail Russell ... Janet Page
Alex Nicol ... Joe Czanoczek
Richard Long ... Russ Coulter
Charles Drake ... Captain Sullivan
Robert Arthur ... Walt Carver
Rock Hudson ... Upper Classman
Peggie Castle ... Pat
James Best ... Jerry Connell
Parley Baer ... Major Jim Evans


A new group of plebes (including roommates Joe, Russ, Jerry and Walt) arrive at an Air Force training camp and go through the usual "course of sprouts." Then on to jet training, where cadet Russ Coulter meets lovely Janet...who just happens to be the estranged wife of Major Page. Will a potential romantic triangle prevent Russ from qualifying as a fighter pilot? Or does the two men's rivalry run even deeper? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The story of the JET fliers! See more »


Biography | Drama | War


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This is one of the best examples out of Hollywood where the technical advisor got all the actors to properly render military salutes. In virtually every case the junior officer/cadet saluted the senior officer and held it until returned by the senior officers. Kudos. See more »


The characters in the movie mentioned Air Force installations as "Randolph Field," or "Williams Field." In 1947 the Air Force renamed all of its "fields" as "bases." By 1950 or 1951, when this movie was made, "Randolph Field" should have been "Randolph Air Force Base," and so on. Perhaps old habits were hard to break. See more »


Jerry Connell: Buddy of mine once told me that he'd rather fly a jet than kiss his girl. Said it gave him more of a kick.
Walt Carver: No foolin'!
Joe Czanoczek: Maybe he oughta get another girl!
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18 inches!! I wouldn't WALK that close to another guy.
9 September 2004 | by RussianPantyHogSee all my reviews

It's 53 years old, it's a B movie, it's unashamed propaganda for the USAF - and I loved it. This movie is in my opinion a minor classic and a real piece of history. There's no definite 'plot' to the film, but it's the story of a group of USAF cadets going through flying training in the (very) early years of the jet engine. I really enjoyed it & all the actors showed the enthusiasm of young men at the beginning of their careers. If I was 21 again and transported back to 1951 I couldn't think of a better choice. It was really interesting to see "museum piece" airplanes brand new and the subject of such awe from the cadets and the photography throughout was as crisp as if it'd been filmed yesterday. It was also one of Rock Hudson's earliest movies and, it's so obvious why he later became a star. 'Air Cadets' certainly didn't win any Oscars but it's MUCH more realistic than the ridiculous 'Top Gun' and well worth watching.

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29 June 1951 (Belgium) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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