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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.

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Anthony Mann

Writers:

Valentine Davies (screenplay), Beirne Lay Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 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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Storyline

An ex-pilot and current baseballer is recalled into the U.S. Air Force and assumes an increasingly important role in Cold War deterrence.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Soar to New Heights of Adventure!

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In geheimer Kommandosache See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,500,000, 31 December 1955
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Although there was a "Dutch Holland" in baseball, he never served in the military. The character of "Dutch" Holland is loosely based on the life of Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams whom left his career and became a F4 Corsair flight instructor and then was recalled into active duty and flew combat missions in Korea. He was the wing man of legendary astronaut and future senator, John Glenn. Ted Williams resigned his Marine Corps Commission at the conclusion of the Korean War with the rank of Captain, the equivalent of an Army Captain.

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Goofs

When Colonel Holland shows up at the base after being recalled, and the security guard tells him to wait, the Colonel tells the taxi driver to pull over to the side. There is a blue sedan just to the right of the taxi which starts to move forward along with the taxi. The scene cuts to the taxi pulling over to the right side of the road, and the blue sedan has now disappeared. 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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Soundtracks

The Air Force Takes Command
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington and Major Tommy Thomson Jr.
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Strategic Air Command (1955)
2 March 2010 | by jazza923See all my reviews

68/100. Not one of Jimmy Stewart's best films, but not fault of his. He is terrific. June Allyson, I don't know what exactly it is I don't like about her. I feel her performances are so rehearsed and phony. She is way too sappy and understanding in this film and I feel she hurts the films overall effect. Some excellent aerial photography, good score and the entire production is top notch. It waves the flag a little excessively and the mix of personal drama and action sequences is at times a little awkward. The supporting cast is a bit bland, Harry Morgan and Rosemary deCamp stand out as the best. Good special effects. The color in the film was exceptionally crisp.


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