Tony successful fighter pilot during World War II marries into the family of a wealthy oil magnate who also designs airplanes. The movie traces the company's attempt to break the sound barrier, as well as tensions between father and daughter. Lots of footage of early 50s jet aviation in Great Britain as well as shots of the Comet airliner, world's first jet passenger plane.
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Jet Packed Excitement! Jet Packed Danger! Jet Packed Romance! The Greatest Adventure Story of Our Time!
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21 December 1952 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Breaking Through the Sound Barrier
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(Western Electric Recording)| Mono
(Sound Recording of the breaking of the sound barrier made by John W. Davies - afterwards known in the industry as Jack Sound.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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With this movie, Sir Ralph Richardson
became the first actor to win the New York Film Critics Award for Best Actor, who didn't also go on to win an Oscar nomination. See more
When Susan tells her husband she is pregnant, she tells him the baby is due around Christmas, but when the child is born, the weather is warm and sunny, suggesting the child is anything but a December baby. See more
Is it possible that at the speed of sound, the controls are reversed?
At the speed of sound, Philip, anything's possible. Why?
During the war once, I put a Spitfire into a flat-out dive. No particular reason, just youthful high spirits. I think now that I hit the sound barrier. I remember that the more I pulled on the stick, the harder the nose went down. The same thing happened this morning.
You're not supposed to do a high Mach number!
I know, but I did. Both times, I had the ...
In the opening credits, immediately after the human actors, are listed four British aircraft: The de Havilland COMET The Vickers-Supermarine ATTACKER The de Havilland VAMPIRE 113 The Vickers-Supermarine SWIFT Rolls-Royce 'Avon' Engine See more
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