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Strategic Air Command (1955)

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In this drama, a popular third baseman reluctantly leaves baseball to return for a second military stint at the government's request. This time, the former Air Force pilot is sent into the Strategic Air Command to fly the new B-36 and B-47 jets that were designed to deliver nuclear bombs.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Paramount Pictures

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Cast

James Stewart
as Lt. Col. Robert `Dutch' Holland
June Allyson
as Sally Holland
Barry Sullivan
as Lt. Col. Rocky Samford
Frank Lovejoy
as Gen. Ennis C. Hawkes
Alex Nicol
as Ike Knowland
Bruce Bennett
as Gen. Espy
James Millican
as Gen. Castle
James Bell
as Rev. Thorne
Richard Shannon
as Aircraft Commander
Rosemary DeCamp
as Mrs. Thorne
John R. McKee
as Capt. Symington
John McKee
as Capt. Symington
Harry Morgan
as Sgt. Bible
Don Haggerty
as Major Patrol Commander
Glenn Denning
as Radio Operator
Max Power
as Reporter
Len Hendry
as General's Aide
David Vaile
as Capt. Brown
Vernon Rich
as Capt. Johnson
Harlan Warde
as Duty Officer
Helen Brown
as Nurse
Anthony Warde
as Colonel
Richard Lupino
as Lieutenant Controller
William Hudson
as Forecaster
House Peters Jr.
as Air Force Captain
"Peanuts" Lowrey
as Ballplayer
Henry Richard Lupino
as Lieutenant Controller
William Pullen
as Controller Okinawa
Memo Luna
as Ballplayer
Stephen E. Wyman
as Technical Sergeant
Stan Musial
as Ballplayer
Red Schoendienst
as Ballplayer
Enos Slaughter
as Ballplayer
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Critic Reviews for Strategic Air Command

All Critics (1)

It soars when in the air, but remains static when on the ground.

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Strategic Air Command

Stewart is excellent in this movie which is a bit contrived. The aerial sequences are some of the best ever recorded in my opinion. If you are interested in seeing the B-36 and B-47 inside and out this is a great film to check out if you can find it. It is very difficult to track down.

Mike Long
Mike Long
½

The stars of "The Glenn Miller Story" reunited for this middling entry about ball player Dutch Holland's career in the air force. Some of the aerial photography is impressive and both stars give professional performances but the movie moves at a poky pace with little of any great import happening. Not bad but not worth seeking out either.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Visually stunning, even for those not prone to aircraft enthusiasm. The real stars of this thinly-veiled recruiting, tribute and Cold War propaganda vehicle are the B-36 & B-47 bombers and other assorted massive military aircraft; the film is stuffed with stunning Vistavision, Technicolor visuals of these aircraft both in flight and on the tarmac. Dozens taxied in formation for takeoff, aerial refuelings by KC-97 Stratotankers, crafty landings in the muck, gaping noses of C-124 Globemaster II cargo planes swallowing up tanker trucks whole - all will visually fascinate even those viewers with little in the way of aircraft enthusiasm. Aside from the planes themselves, there's little else on board this film. Stewart's delivery is uninteresting; not surprising given the nearly non-existent plot, that pilot Stewart's fighting off personal aches/pains ... as well as his personal desire - and his 1950s-aproned wife's nagging - to return to professional baseball, a loose reference to BoRedSox's Ted Williams. Stewart's being tapped for this vehicle is no accident in casting. He flew WWII bombing runs and remained an active member of the Air Force Reserve into the 1960s, ultimately achieving the rank of Brigadier General. June Alyson's delivers well the lousy supporting role she's dealt - playing the spoiled, hissy-fitting & whiny wife who's tired of worrying away the days when Stewart is aloft on classified missions to destinations unknown. Though there's plenty of inside information/access on display, reference to SAC's 'nuclear failsafe' mission are notably absent. Given Stewart's involvement and the full access granted by SAC, it's obvious the military (and likely Curtis LeMay) instigated the film's development, but though it's original purpose is long gone (and SAC, as of 1992), the viewer can still be thankful for the visually stunning record of these aircraft that it immortalized. Another title for your "too-bad it's not on DVD" list.

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