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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.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

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 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!

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1955 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Wolkenstürmer See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,500,000, 31 December 1955
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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

Alan Ladd broke a rib just before the shooting whilst he took a shower. See more »

Goofs

Sykes is wearing incorrect rank stripes. He is shown with the five stripes of a Sergeant First Class, but his stripes include the diamond of a First Sergeant. A sergeant with a diamond in the center, a Sergeant First Class, would wear a total of six stripes instead of five. 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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Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

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Jeepers Creepers
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Music by Harry Warren
Played after Mac turns on the light in the room
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Another jet movie flames out.
27 May 2002 | by eaglejet98See all my reviews

Even for a 1950s "wave the flag" movie, this film's plot is just, well, very bad. It is cliche ridden and inaccurate. The real Capt. Joe McConnell, Korea's highest scoring ace, got all his 16 air to air victories in just the last six months of the Korean War, and was shot down once himself. This could have made for an exciting docudrama. Instead, the director chose to do something less than a high school drama presentation showing June Allison flittering around with her screechy dialogue and Alan Ladd wearing his G-suit too low on his waist. (Never mind the inaccuracies like showing Ladd in a B-17 in WW 2, when McConnell was a B-24 nav).

The "aerial combat sequences" were laughable, especially the F-86s waltzing to AFN radio.

A much better period piece is "The Hunters" with Robert Mitchum.


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