Strategic Air Command

Strategic Air Command

Director: Anthony Mann Cast: James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Lovejoy


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Inspired in part by the true story of baseball great Ted Williams, who after serving in World War II was drafted to serve in the Korean War just as his baseball career was taking off, Strategic Air Command stars James Stewart as "Dutch" Holland, a star third baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals. "Dutch" served with distinction as a fighter pilot during World War II, and as the Air Force adds new B-36 and B-47 jets to their arsenal, they need experienced men to fly these new weapons in our atomic deterrent force, and Holland is called back to duty. He's not terribly happy about this development: he loves baseball, his team is doing well, and his wife Sally (June Allyson) is expecting a baby. But you can't fight Uncle Sam, and Holland becomes a reluctant but proud member of the S.A.C., where he and his fellow pilots man the jets that will be our first line of defense should the cold war turn hot. While Strategic Air Command's story hasn't dated well (and for a military drama, there's surprisingly little action), James Stewart and June Allyson make the most of their material, and the aerial footage remains impressive.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/1998
UPC: 0037757254264
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Lt. Col. Robert "Dutch" Holland
June Allyson Sally Holland
Frank Lovejoy Gen. Ennis C. Hawkes
Barry Sullivan Lt. Col. Rocky Samford
Alex Nicol Ike Knowland
Bruce Bennett Gen. Espy
Jay C. Flippen Tom Doyle
James Millican Gen. Castle
James Bell Rev. Thorne
Richard Shannon Aircraft Commander
John R. McKee Capt. Symington
Henry Morgan Sgt. Bible
Don Haggerty Major Patrol Commander
Glenn Denning Radio Operator
Anthony Warde Colonel
Strother Martin Airman
Helen Brown Nurse
Vernon Rich Capt. Johnson
Harlan Warde Duty Officer
House Peters Air Force Captain
Richard Lupino Lieutenant Controller
William Pullen Controller Okinawa
Rosemary de Camp Mrs. Thorne
"Peanuts" Lowrey Ballplayer
Memo Luna Ballplayer
Stan Musial Ballplayer
Red Schoendienst Ballplayer
Enos Slaughter Ballplayer
Max Power Reporter
Len Hendry General's Aide
William Hudson Forecaster

Technical Credits
Anthony Mann Director
Samuel J. Briskin Producer
John R. Coonan Asst. Director
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Valentine Davies Screenwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Beirne Lay Screenwriter
Hal Pereira Art Director
Tommy Thomson Songwriter
Thomas Tutwiler Cinematographer
Edna Warren Editor
Ned Washington Songwriter
Victor Young Score Composer,Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision

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