In June 1950, at an American Army base in Kimpo, South Korea, Capt. George Slocum, pilot of an L5 single-engine surveyor plane, receives orders delivered by his friend, Lt. Jerry Barker, to...
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In June 1950, at an American Army base in Kimpo, South Korea, Capt. George Slocum, pilot of an L5 single-engine surveyor plane, receives orders delivered by his friend, Lt. Jerry Barker, to return to Japan briefly. Pleased at the opportunity to see his wife, George agrees to also meet Jerry's younger brother, Lt. Pete Barker, who is arriving from the States. Pete lands in Tazuke, Japan before George and, believing that Jerry is flying in to meet him, takes up one of the L5s to intercept him. George is confused by Pete's flying acrobatics and only on the ground does Pete realize his error. George gives Pete a mild reprimand but when the military police arrive to arrest the men for stunt flying over the city, both George and Pete insist they were practicing legitimate escape maneuvers. Later, while Pete attempts to romance Kate, an Army nurse, George surprises his wife Nancy, who is concerned over his sudden appearance. George suspects military action is imminent, but is unable to ...
Quite how this second feature ended up with the cast it got is a puzzle. Mission to Korea is strictly bottom of the bill stuff, a standard war story directed unimaginatively by Fred F. Sears. Somehow, Fred ended up with Rex Reason, Audrey Totter, and Maureen O'Sullivan in his picture, and they all add a gloss of professionalism to this otherwise standard programmer. Perhaps producer Robert Cohn--nephew of Columbia strong man Harry Cohn--twisted his uncle's arm. At any rate, O'Sullivan still looks beautiful, Totter does her slinky ingenue thing in uniform, and Reason is solid and reliable. There's some decent aerial footage, but not much in the story department, which revolves around aviators in the Korean War.
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