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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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Complete credited cast:
... Lt. Col. Robert 'Dutch' Holland
... Sally Holland
... Gen. Ennis C. Hawkes
... Lt. Col. Rocky Samford
... Ike Knowland
... Gen. Espy
... Tom Doyle
... Maj. Gen. 'Rusty' Castle
... Rev. Dr. Thorne
... Mrs. Thorne (as Rosemary De Camp)
Richard Shannon ... Flight Instructor Pilot
John McKee ... Capt. Symington (as John R. McKee)
... Sgt. Bible - Flight Engineer (as Henry Morgan)
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Storyline

Lt. Col. Robert (Dutch) Holland was a third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, not a pitcher. While at spring training a B-36 flew over the field and Dutch was standing on third base. Brewster was his third base replacement when he, Dutch was re-called to duty. The movie clearly depicts this. Written by Frank Weiss

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25 March 1955 (USA)  »

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In geheimer Kommandosache  »

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$6,500,000, 31 December 1955
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(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Film debut of Ann B. Davis. She played (uncredited) a waitress, but her part was cut before the film's release. See more »

Goofs

Jimmy Stewart was 46 or 47 years old when this movie was made, much too old to have been the major league baseball player he portrays. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Robert 'Dutch' Holland: You got any kids?
Sgt. Bible: Yep, two. One on the ramp, one in the hangar!
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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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A Long Time Ago
24 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Next year, 2005, will be the 50th anniversary of the movie, "Strategic Air Command." Nearly all reviews of this movie are quite similar...a somewhat boring movie with unsurpassed aerial photography of the magnificent B-36. (One really needs to see the in-flight sequences...they are extraordinary!)

These valid comments really ignore the "larger picture." The B-36 (Peacemaker) stopped flying before the average person living today was born...it was a long time ago. This movie captures a time in America when the military...SAC with its aircraft...ADC (Air Defense Command) with its hundreds of radar sites nationwide...civilians in The Ground Observer Corps...were all involved in "watching the sky" in order to help protect and defend from possible attack by our cold war enemies.

It is difficult, understandably, for many today to comprehend the times and attitudes depicted in "Strategic Air Command." I was there...it did happen. This movie captures some of the dedication that was required. With that in mind, perhaps we can forgive a script and story line that is weak. More importantly, let's celebrate that, a half-century ago, many served and did their duty as the times required. That is the real message of this movie.


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