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Bombers B-52 (1957)

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Karl Malden plays an air force sergeant who is tempted by a better-paying civilian job. Malden's daughter Natalie Wood is in love with a young colonel (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) whom her father regards as an insolent hothead. The younger man proves his worth during jet maneuvers, while Malden decides that he's of more value in the service than as a working stiff. Bombers B-52 has some excellent moments, including a well-staged variation of the obligatory "breaking the news to the pilot's widow" scene. The film earned latter-day notoriety in the 1980s when a prominent movie historian analyzed the script (by Irving Wallace) and found an overabundance of sexual innuendo--including such in-flight dialogue as "She's unable to receive fuel" and "Request jet penetration!"

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Cast

Natalie Wood
as Lois Brennan
Karl Malden
as Master Sgt. Chuck V. Brennan, Line Chief
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
as Col. Jim Herlihy
Marsha A. Hunt
as Edith Brennan
Don Kelly
as Sgt. Darren McKind
Nelson Leigh
as Gen. Wayne Acton
Bob Hover
as Simpson
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I thought this was a good film. Karl Malden plays a subject matter expert. He is a Air Force Master Sergeant (Senior NCO) at the cross roads of retirement (20yrs). Should he stay in or should he go? For a change it is actually about the technicians that keep the planes flying and not the pilots. Any old school SNCO (and spouses) will find it difficult the change the channel. Anyone else may not get this film.

Mo Da
Mo Da
½

Mediorce drama with some good aerial photgraphy but a commonplace story. Although top billed Natalie's part is subordinate to the plot and her character is something of a pill but she is stunning. Malden is good as is Marsha Hunt although she is throughly wasted in a nothing part. Zimbalist is wooden.

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