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Toward the Unknown (1956)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | October 1956 (USA)
At the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s a group of Edwards Air Force Base experimental aircraft test pilots push themselves to the limit.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writer:

Beirne Lay Jr.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Maj. Lincoln Bond
Lloyd Nolan ... Brig. Gen. Bill Banner
Virginia Leith ... Connie Mitchell
Charles McGraw ... Col. 'Mickey' McKee
Murray Hamilton ... Maj. Bromo Lee
Paul Fix ... Lt. Gen. Bryan Shelby
James Garner ... Lt. Col. Joe Craven
L.Q. Jones ... 2nd Lt. Sweeney
Karen Steele ... Polly Craven
Bartlett Robinson ... Sen. Black
Malcolm Atterbury ... Hank - Bell Technical Rep.
Ralph Moody ... Harvey Gilbert
Maura Murphy Maura Murphy ... Sarah McKee
Carol Kelly Carol Kelly ... Debbie
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Storyline

USAF Major Lincoln Bond is captured, tortured and released from a POW camp in Korea. After the war he returns to the US where he is re-assigned as a test pilot at the Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base. The Air Force is testing the new experimental aircraft Gilbert XF-120 fighter. The acceptance of the new aircraft by the Air Force is dependent on successful tests designed to prove the aircraft's reliability and safety. However, when Major Bond flies the prototype he encounters a problem that points out a dangerous structural flaw. This could threaten the aircraft's acceptance by the Air Force and derail the whole project. Major Bond's commanding officer and some of his colleagues start to suspect that Major Bond is imagining things because of his mental condition dating back to his imprisonment and torture in the Korean POW camp. Written by nufs68

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The screen's first story of man-piloted rocket ships, U.S.A.! See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The farewell fly-by honoring Lloyd Nolan's character was led by "Pete" Everest (Frank Everest), accompanied by Iven Kincheloe, Lou Schalk, Stu Childs and Robert M. White. All were famous Edwards AFB test pilots. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film,( Lloyd Nolan's character,)The General's combat ribbons on his uniform keep changing in number. Early in the film he has three rows of combat ribbons. Later, he has 5-rows, and then 3-rows again. See more »

Quotes

Brig. Gen. Bill Banner: [to Maj. Lincoln Bond] Even with torture, you're not the kind to crack.
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Connections

Referenced in The Story of Esther Costello (1957) See more »

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The U.S. Air Force
by Robert Crawford
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This is one excellent film. But it isn't shown often enough.
12 July 1999 | by Chuck-162See all my reviews

I've seen this film maybe three times in 30 years which isn't often enough. Sometimes I think that's because it's so truthful and there are those in high places who would rather the rest of us didn't know of the many blunders made by government and industry in the early days of supersonic flight after WWII. It really ought to be aired more often.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Einst kommt die Stunde See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Toluca Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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