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24 Hour Alert (1955)

When a U.S. Air Force base commander receives civilian complaints about noise, he gets help from old friend Jack Webb in educating the town leaders and residents about the importance of their work and learning to accept their presence.


Robert M. Leeds


Beirne Lay Jr. (screenplay), Richard L. Breen (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Jack Webb
Art Balinger ... Col. Jim Breech (as Art Ballinger)
Walter Sande ... Mayor Hogan
Ralph Moody ... Boggs - City Councilman
James Hayes James Hayes
Mel Pogue Mel Pogue
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Frees ... (voice)


Jack Webb, researching background information for a case to be featured on his TV show, arrives at a U.S. Air Force base looking to get a feel for Air Force lingo. The base commander is embroiled in a contretemps with the citizens of a nearby town who object to the noise of the base's jets. But when the Air Force helps the mayor out of a jam, all is forgiven. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Vitaphone Release 2562A. See more »


Jack Webb (playing himself) rides along in a jet touring the countryside; the jet is not accompanied by any other aircraft. However, in one shot, the shadow of a second plane (the one shooting the scene) is visible. See more »

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Starring Officers and Men of the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. See more »


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Written by Robert Crawford
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good look at 1950s aircraft
19 December 2012 | by blitzebillSee all my reviews

The story with Webb narrating is bland enough, as far as jack Webb can make it.

But the real treats are the flying sequences.

We get to see some of the great mid-50s jets, including an early look at the B-52.

The "drama" includes an F-100 assisting an old B-25 in deploying its landing gear.

And, what Webb off-handedly describes as a turbo-prop cargo aircraft, which turns out to be the early version of the famous workhorse C-130 Hercules.

Those are worth the price of admission.

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22 December 1955 (USA) See more »

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