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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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Trivia

The B-47 cockpit used in the film is now on display at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, CA. See more »

Goofs

When the B-47 takes off for the first time they use rocket assisted take off (RATO) and the rocket ports are clearly visible on the sides of the fuselage. During the flight several shots of the plane show here are no RATO ports. 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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Referenced in Happy Days: Richie Branches Out (1976) 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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Highly Detailed Slice of Military Life in the Cold War
6 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is not to echo the previous review but to emphasize that the best way to see this film is to use your fast forward and run past all the whiny scenes with June Allyson. Though I probably had a crush on her at the time, her performance now grates on me. The main reason to watch this is for the details of the B-36s, the B-47s, and the on location scenes of long ago air bases, including the one in Morocco which has long been abandoned. These "real time" films are what we historians of military life and culture now study for details that cannot be found in any other source. Even the crudest comedies such as when Abbott and Costello get drafted and the army antics of Martin and Lewis are useful in this regard if in no other. So rent it or buy it and enjoy the great flying scenes. And in this film especially enjoy Frank Lovejoy's scenery chewing and cigar chewing. From the rear he even looks like Curtis LeMay.


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