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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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22 December 1955 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone Release 2562A. See more »

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"Our thanks to the officers and men of the United States Air Force whose story this is... and to Jack Webb." See more »


The U.S. Air Force
Written by Robert Crawford
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If We Didn't Get 'Em...They Didn't Come!
21 January 2012 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Oscar-nominated short film, a Walt Disney co-production distributed by Warner Bros., honoring the military forces that keep us safe from enemy harm--at the expense of families living in homes located around the noisy air bases. Jack Webb tours one such location (in sunny Millville, possibly standing in for Southern California's March Air Force Base), filled with Tigers--"a nice bunch of kids"--which has come under fire for its particular flight patterns. Narrating in his halting, somber style, Webb (courtesy screenwriters Beirne Lay Jr. and Richard L. Breen) makes melodramatic observations about the aircraft, the pilots, and the controllers as if the country were on the verge of World War III (one presumes to belittle the complaints of mothers down below who can't get their babies to sleep because of the passing jets). Not particularly well-executed, the 30-minute film is both awkward and naïve, a showcase for the military advancement in decimating entire towns. *1/2 from ****

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