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Air Force Colonel Jim Shannon is tasked to escort a defecting Soviet pilot who is scheming to lure Shannon to the USSR.

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Col. Jim Shannon
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Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon / Olga Orlief
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Maj. Gen. Black
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Maj. Rexford
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FBI Agent George Rivers
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Col. Sokolov
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Col. Matoff
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Gen. Langrad
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Girl (uncredited)
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Bellboy (uncredited)
Lois Austin ...
Saleswoman at Palm Springs Dress Shop (uncredited)
Paul Bakanas ...
Russian Security Man (uncredited)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
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Military Policeman (uncredited)
John Bishop ...
Maj. Sinclair (uncredited)
Earl Breithard ...
Guard (uncredited)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
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Radar Monitor (uncredited)
Bruce Cameron ...
Batman (uncredited)
Perdita Chandler ...
Georgia Rexford (uncredited)
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Mrs. Simpson (uncredited)
Tom Daly ...
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
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Russian Security Man (uncredited)
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Fresh Kid at Palm Springs Dress Shop (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ...
Russian (uncredited)
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Girl (uncredited)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
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Airfield Sergeant (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ...
WAF Captain (uncredited)
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Lt. Tiompkin (uncredited)
Barbara Freking ...
WAAF Private (uncredited)
Vincent Gironda ...
Muscleman (uncredited)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
Janice Hood ...
Girl (uncredited)
Darrell Huntley ...
Officer (uncredited)
Lamont Johnson ...
Sergeant (uncredited)
Joanne Jordan ...
WAC Sergeant (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ...
Mother (uncredited)
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FBI Agent (uncredited)
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WAC Corporal (uncredited)
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FBI Agent (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ...
Corporal (uncredited)
Michael Mark ...
Russian General (uncredited)
Gene Marshall ...
Sergeant (uncredited)
Allen Mathews ...
Headwaiter (uncredited)
Keith McConnell ...
Bartender (uncredited)
John Morgan ...
Lieutenant (uncredited)
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Russian Guard (uncredited)
Al Murphy ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Wendell Niles ...
Major (uncredited)
Richard Norris ...
Russian Interrogator (uncredited)
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Bit Role (uncredited)
David Ormont ...
Russian Interrogator (uncredited)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
James Parnell ...
Control Officer (uncredited)
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Mr. Simpson (uncredited)
Theodore Rand ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Joey Ray ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Al Rhein ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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Guard (uncredited)
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Sokolov's Batman (uncredited)
James H. Russell ...
Corporal (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ...
Driver (uncredited)
Jack Shea ...
Military Policeman (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
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Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Saleswoman (uncredited)
Armand Tanny ...
Muscleman (uncredited)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
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WAF (uncredited)
Billy Vernon ...
Drunk (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ...
Driver (uncredited)
Smoki Whitfield ...
Henry (uncredited)
Joan Whitney ...
WAC Sergeant (uncredited)
Will Yaeger ...
Captain (uncredited)
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Bit Part (uncredited)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
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Technical Sergeant in Palmer Field Control Tower (uncredited)

Directed by

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Josef von Sternberg

Written by

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Jules Furthman ... (written by)

Produced by

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Jules Furthman ... producer
Howard Hughes ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Bronislau Kaper

Cinematography by

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Winton C. Hoch ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Harry Marker
Michael R. McAdam
William M. Moore
Frederic Knudtson ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Francis Cugat ... color consultant: Technicolor
Jim Wilkinson ... editorial supervisor
Chandler House ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Dick Stockton ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Albert S. D'Agostino
Feild M. Gray ... (as Feild Gray)

Set Decoration by

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Harley Miller
Darrell Silvera

Costume Design by

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Michael Woulfe ... (gowns)

Makeup Department

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Mel Berns ... makeup supervisor
Larry Germain ... hair stylist
Esther Berman ... body makeup (uncredited)
Layne Britton ... makeup artist (uncredited)
James House ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Annabell Levy ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Web Overlander ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Philip G. Cochran ... supervisor of aerial sequences
Edward Killy ... unit production manager
John Burch ... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Walter Daniels ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Fred Fleck ... assistant director (as Fred A. Fleck)
Harry D'Arcy ... assistant director (uncredited)
Jules Furthman ... second unit director (uncredited)
James Lane ... second unit director (uncredited)
Harold Lewis ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Anthony Lombardo ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Terry Kellum ... sound
Earl A. Wolcott ... sound (as Earl Wolcott)
Charlie Cohn ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Danny Kelleher ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Daniel Hays ... special effects (uncredited)
Jack Lannan ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Harold E. Wellman ... process (uncredited)

Stunts

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Chuck Yeager ... aerial stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert Campbell ... gaffer (uncredited)
William H. Clothier ... aerial photographer (uncredited)
George Gall ... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Robert B. Hauser ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Hans F. Koenekamp ... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Mantz ... aerial director of photography (uncredited)
Henry Ogilvie ... best boy (uncredited)
Eddie Pyle ... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser ... aerial camera operator: Technicolor (uncredited)
Rod Tolmie ... still photographer (uncredited)
Ralph Wildman ... grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mary Tate ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Henry West ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Louis Shapiro ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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C. Bakaleinikoff ... conductor

Other crew

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Howard Hughes ... presenter
J.S. Nash ... project pilot (as Captain J.S. Nash)
Clarence A. Shoop ... assistant to producer (as Brig. Gen. Clarence A. Shoop)
Philip G. Cochran ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Evelyn Earle ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Paul Mantz ... pilot (uncredited)
Stan Margulies ... publicist (uncredited)
Dixie McCoy ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Sidney Zipser ... Technicolor technician (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Air Force Colonel Shannon is assigned to escort defecting Soviet pilot Anna. He falls in love with her, but she is scheming to lure him back to the USSR. But Shannon has a scheme of his own. Written by Jim Beaver

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Taglines Exploding With All the Passion of a Daring Love Story! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les espions s'amusent (France)
  • Düsenjäger (Germany)
  • Amor a reacción (Spain)
  • Rivales del rayo (Mexico)
  • Düsenjäger (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 113 min
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Budget $9,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Howard Hughes intended to show off the latest in aircraft technology in 1949-50 (when this film was shot). By the time it was finally released to the public in 1957 the aircraft featured were already obsolete. See more »
Goofs Anna, despite being a stereotypical Russian agent in an American movie from the Cold War, surprisingly lacks a Russian accent. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Howard's Way (1987). See more »
Crazy Credits Advertising carried the credits "Starring John Wayne, Janet Leigh, and the United States Air Force." See more »
Quotes Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon: [screaming at Jim] Give me back my pants!
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