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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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Complete credited cast:
... Capt. Joseph C.'Mac' McConnell, Jr.
... Pearl 'Butch' Brown
... SSgt. / Maj. / Col. Ty 'Dad' Whitman
... Sfc. Sykes
... Bob Brown
... Newton Bass
Sarah Selby ... Mrs. Brown
... 1st Military Policeman
... Mechanic
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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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2 December 1955 (West Germany)  »

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Wolkenstürmer  »

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$3,500,000, 31 December 1955
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(RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints)| (optical prints)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The people of Apple Valley, CA, gave the McConnells a house on August 6, 1953, as depicted in the film. See more »

Goofs

The B-17s during the WW2 bombing raid have 1942 camouflage and USAAF stars, yet the combat scene depicts them being attacked by Me163 rocket fighters, which were not used operationally until late 1944, and then in much smaller penny-packet formations, rather than the squadron strength suggested in the movie. Additionally, the Me 163s are clearly models, going far slower than in reality, and have prototype markings without authentic camouflage. But, so much for 1950s special effects. 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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Five O'Clock Whistle
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Music by Josef Myrow
Played when Mac and Butch first enter the room in Texas
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Real Life Intruded
8 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Not a GREAT film, but certainly watchable. You could easily swap June Allyson's "stalwart wife" performance here with her roles in STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND and THE GLENN MILLER STORY. Alan Ladd was an excellent choice for the title role as you can see at this site: www.acepilots.com/korea_mcconnell.html. Sadly, the ending of the film had to be re-written when Captain McConnell was killed during a test flight of an F86 at Edwards AFB in May of 1954 while the film was still in production. Of Note: McConnell was indeed shot down himself, but he managed to not only nurse his plane to where he could eject and be rescued at sea ("I barely got wet"), he also shot down the Mig (piloted by a Russian "Ace") that had gotten him! He last three kills came on his final day of combat missions whereupon his commanding General ordered his top ACE home.


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