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Strategic Air Command (1955)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 25 March 1955 (USA)
An ex-pilot and current baseballer is recalled into the U.S. Air Force and assumes an increasingly important role in Cold War deterrence.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Valentine Davies (screenplay), Beirne Lay Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Lt. Col. Robert 'Dutch' Holland
June Allyson ... Sally Holland
Frank Lovejoy ... Gen. Ennis C. Hawkes
Barry Sullivan ... Lt. Col. Rocky Samford
Alex Nicol ... Ike Knowland
Bruce Bennett ... Gen. Espy
Jay C. Flippen ... Tom Doyle
James Millican ... Maj. Gen. 'Rusty' Castle
James Bell ... Rev. Dr. Thorne
Rosemary DeCamp ... Mrs. Thorne (as Rosemary De Camp)
Richard Shannon ... Flight Instructor Pilot
John McKee John McKee ... Capt. Symington (as John R. McKee)
Harry Morgan ... Sgt. Bible - Flight Engineer (as Henry Morgan)
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An ex-pilot and current baseballer is recalled into the U.S. Air Force and assumes an increasingly important role in Cold War deterrence.

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Soar to New Heights of Adventure!

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Action | Drama | War

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Trivia

James Stewart joined the Army Air Corps during World War II, and flew combat missions in Europe. At war's end, he transferred to the Reserve as a colonel. He remained an active pilot long enough to fly 1 combat mission over Vietnam, retiring as Brigadier General James Maitland Stewart, USAFR. See more »

Goofs

When Dutch's plane is talking to the Kadena tower, they identify themselves as Kadena Air Force Base. This is incorrect most US Air Force bases overseas that are strictly USAF are referred to as an Air Base (i.e., Kadena Air Base). USAF bases in the 50 states and US territories are referred to as Air Force Bases. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant: We've been bombing cities every day and every night all over the U.S., only people never know it.
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Connections

Featured in Smother (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Air Force Takes Command
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington and Major Tommy Thomson Jr.
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The aircraft steal the show
19 July 2003 | by sdlitvinSee all my reviews

"Strategic Air Command" is a look at the 1950's, when the needs of the Cold War caused America to begin rearming after having nearly disarmed itself following World War II.

With his trademark sincerity, James Stewart plays Lt. Col. Holland, a former Air Force officer and now ballplayer who is recalled to duty as the new Strategic Air Command expands its might. June Allyson plays Sally, his devoted wife. Together they and the other families of SAC have to cope with the strains that SAC missions put on their personal lives.

The stresses that SAC duty put on families is true enough. But as movie drama it's all written in a way that's utterly trite and predictable. You can practically guess in advance the main set-pieces: Sally is going to become pregnant and have to deal with it without her husband around, Holland is going to get into some life-threatening situations and be thinking of his wife all the while, but he'll be rescued in the end, and so on.

What nearly makes up for a trite plot, however, is the spectacular aerial photography of the two "actors" that truly steal the show: SAC's B-36 Peacemaker bomber, and its state-of-the-art (at the time!) medium jet bomber, the B-47. The B-36, a huge flying battleship with six prop engines plus four jet engines, and a crew of maybe 15, is beautifully photographed in flight, with an accompanying musical score. For today's younger generation who are used to today's ultra-modern planes, the movie is worth seeing for its loving last look at a generation of impressive aircraft that never saw combat, and hence aren't as well known as both their predecessors and successors that did serve in war.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1955 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,500,000
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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