Strategic Air Command (1955)
“By staying combat ready, we can prevent a war.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
As described by Bosley Crowther of the New York Times, it was “far and away the most elaborate and impressive pictoral show of the beauty and organized power of the United States air arm that has yet been put upon the screen.”
Storywise, however, there’s a lot less going on. Allyson once again plays a put-upon ’50s housewife who nonetheless stands by her man despite not being allowed to know where he is half the time:
Other dramatic incidents include Stewart managing an engine fire requiring bail-out and a forced landing:
… and facing windstorms on a non-stop flight from MacDill AFB to Yokota Air Base while nursing an increasingly debilitating shoulder injury:
During this flight, we’re also treated to spectacular footage of mid-air refueling:
Stewart was perfectly cast in the lead role; according to Wikipedia, he:
Talk about serendipity! Clearly, this film will appeal to those who enjoy plenty of air action, but it’s not must-see viewing for all-purpose film fanatics.
Note: It’s been pointed out that Stanley Kubrick may have been influenced by some of the footage here when conceiving of Dr. Strangelove (1964):
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
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First viewing. Not must-see.
Yes, there’s not much here in terms of drama (except the little that’s pointed out above). This film will appeal mainly to those with a fascination with the history of aviation (combined to a degree with military maneuvers).