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The McConnell Story (1955)

A Korean War fighter pilot hero returns home to test fly the new Sabre jets despite his wife's uneasiness regarding his job.

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Gordon Douglas

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Ted Sherdeman (screenplay), Sam Rolfe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Capt. Joseph C.'Mac' McConnell, Jr.
June Allyson ... Pearl 'Butch' Brown
James Whitmore ... SSgt. / Maj. / Col. Ty 'Dad' Whitman
Frank Faylen ... Sfc. Sykes
Robert Ellis ... Bob Brown
Willis Bouchey ... Newton Bass
Sarah Selby ... Mrs. Brown
Gregory Walcott ... 1st Military Policeman
Frank Ferguson ... Mechanic
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Storyline

Mac's plans to settle down and raise a family are upset by the Korean War. He goes as a fighter pilot and returns a hero, the first triple ace of the war. His neighbors have built a home for Mac and his devoted wife and their three children. Now he has an offer to test pilot new Sabre Jets. His wife is uneasy but knows she cannot ground her man. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The real thing! The true story of America's first triple jet ace!

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1955 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Le tigre du ciel See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,500,000
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The black and white dress June Allyson wears at the 4th of July party was previously worn by Judy Garland in the "Born in a Trunk" sequence of A Star Is Born (1954) where she sings "You Took Advantage of Me". See more »

Goofs

While McConnell is attending medical school in Texas, neither he nor any other servicemen are wearing rank, organizational patches, or collar insignia on their tan summer uniforms. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Joseph C.'Mac' McConnell, Jr.: I think I'm going to call you 'Butch'
Pearl 'Butch' Brown: Why?
Capt. Joseph C.'Mac' McConnell, Jr.: Because when I look at you, you cut me into pieces.
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Connections

Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Five O'Clock Whistle
(uncredited)
Music by Josef Myrow
Played when Mac and Butch first enter the room in Texas
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This sure could have been better!
31 August 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I read up on the real Captain McConnell and after watching the movie, I wanna read some more. No, it isn't because he was such an interesting guy, but it's because I found the entire first portion of the film ridiculous and impossible to believe. No soldier could have been THIS bad without spending significant time in Leavenworth, the way he meets his wife is stupid and it all seemed like one cliché after another strung together to make an eye-rolling film! It's sad, as Joseph McConnell was a true war hero...and this part of the film makes him seem like a horse's butt! What follows is his career as a bomber navigator on B-24s*, his entry into pilot's school after the war and his becoming the world's most successful jet pilot ace during the Korean War.

Apart from seeming unreal, most of the rest of the film is pretty much by the numbers...not terrible but also not all that involving or good. It's interesting that they chose June Allyson to play the wife, as she would soon go on to playing a VERY similar role in the air film "Strategic Air Command". Otherwise, a film that just should have been better...much better.

*The film used some very grainy stock footage. The worst of it was McConnell's B-24 bomber....in the film it was a B-17...a very, very different looking plane. It wouldn't taken much effort to use the right footage...just a desire to at least get SOME of the film right! Fortunately, the Korean War sequences were better with the use of actual Soviet MiG-15 footage as well as American F-84s doubling as the MiGs (since none were available to the film crew, this was about as close looking as they'd be able get to the enemy planes).


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