A Gathering of Eagles (1963)





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Commander Jim Caldwell (Rock Hudson) is slated for duty at a U. S. Air Force base. His mission is to whip a bunch of irregular regulars into a Strategic Air Command unit. The arrival of the new commander leads to a shake up of personnel beginning with the dismissal of the alcoholic Colonel Fowler (Barry Sullivan). The men resent their new leader but eventually respond and respect him with urging from airman Hollis Farr (Rod Taylor). The dedicated Caldwell experiences battles at home from wife Veronica (Mary Peach) and is forever tethered to the "red phone." The commander must not be any longer than six rings away from the crimson hotline in case of a national emergency. Caldwell stretches himself thin trying to please wife, family, and his duty to his command unit and country in this predictable exaltation of the virtues of the U. S. Air Force.
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Rock Hudson
as Col. Jim Caldwell
Rod Taylor
as Hollis Farr
Mary Peach
as Victoria Caldwell
Barry Sullivan
as Col. Fowler
Leif Erickson
as Gen. Hewitt
Kevin McCarthy
as Gen. Kirby
Henry Silva
as Col. Garcia
Leora Dana
as Mrs. Fowler
Robert Lansing
as Sgt. Banning
Richard Anderson
as Col. Josten
Richard Le Pore
as Sgt. Kemler
Robert Bray
as Lt. Col. Gales
Jim Bannon
as Col. Morse
Nelson Leigh
as Gen. Aymes
John R. McKee
as Maj. Tarvis
Russ Bender
as Col. Torrance
John McKee
as Maj. Tarvis
Ben Wright
as Leighton
Dorothy Abbott
as Mrs. Josten
John Holland
as Beresford
John Pickard
as Controller
Ed Prentiss
as Duty Controller
Ray Montgomery
as Capt. Linc
R. Wayland Williams
as Capt. Hutchens
Ted Stanhope
as Prentiss
Marjorie Stapp
as Ann Morse
Steve Mitchell
as Master Sergeant
Frances Mercer
as Grey Lady
Mary Benoit
as Nurse
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The main rewards of seeing Delbert Mann's mediocre drama are Rock Hudson decently playing an unsympathetic part and the Oscar-nominated sound effects.

Full Review… | April 18, 2012

It's as dull and routine as it sounds, and only occasionally soars.

Full Review… | February 4, 2007
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