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Stewart plays Lt. Col. Robert "Dutch" Holland, a suburban-dwelling baseball player with a military past who is recalled to Air Force duty when the Strategic Air Command finds itself with a few pilots too few in the midst of the Cold War. With the impending threat of nuclear aggression from the USSR, Holland returns to service without hesitation, but at the price of considerable stress on his wife (June Allyson). This flight adventure about the bravery and commitment of bomber pilots also acts as a rousing piece of American propaganda from a closed chapter in U.S. military history. Academy Award Nominations: Best Motion Picture Story.
Hal Pereira - Production Designer
Anthony Mann - Director (mostly Westerns)
Anton Bundsmann - Director (mostly Westerns)
Anton Mann - Director (mostly Westerns)
Victor Young - Score Composer - "Three Coins in the Fountain"
James Stewart - Oscar-winning actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, VERTIGO, HARVEY
Jimmy Stewart - Oscar-winning actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, VERTIGO, HARVEY
Alex Nicol - American Actor/Director
Jay C. Flippen - American Character Actor
Barry Sullivan - American film & television character actor
Valentine Davies - American Screenwriter
James Millican - American Character Actor
Samuel J. Briskin - Producer
Frank Lovejoy - American Supporting Actor
Bruce Bennett - American Actor/1930s-40s
Herman Brix - American Actor/1930s-40s
June Allyson - American Actress
Ella Geisman - American Actress
An ace third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals returns to the Air Force to become an elite fighter pilot. Although he originally thought of the assignment as temporary, he soon realizes -- despite his pregnant wife's misgivings -- that in attending to his nation's security, he has discovered his dream calling.
Additional lyricist: Major Tommy Thomson, Jr. ("The Air Force Takes Command") Jimmy Stewart was himself an Air Force Pilot during the Second World War, and he remained in the Reserves for many years after.