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The McConnell Story (1955)

A Korean War fighter pilot hero returns home to test fly the new Sabre jets despite his wife's uneasiness regarding his job.

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Gordon Douglas

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Ted Sherdeman (screenplay), Sam Rolfe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Capt. Joseph C.'Mac' McConnell, Jr.
June Allyson ... Pearl 'Butch' Brown
James Whitmore ... SSgt. / Maj. / Col. Ty 'Dad' Whitman
Frank Faylen ... Sfc. Sykes
Robert Ellis ... Bob Brown
Willis Bouchey ... Newton Bass
Sarah Selby ... Mrs. Brown
Gregory Walcott ... 1st Military Policeman
Frank Ferguson ... Mechanic
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Storyline

Mac's plans to settle down and raise a family are upset by the Korean War. He goes as a fighter pilot and returns a hero, the first triple ace of the war. His neighbors have built a home for Mac and his devoted wife and their three children. Now he has an offer to test pilot new Sabre Jets. His wife is uneasy but knows she cannot ground her man. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The real thing! The true story of America's first triple jet ace!

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1955 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Le tigre du ciel See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,500,000
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

According to Alan Ladd's biography; he fell madly in love with his co-star, yet supposedly never consummated the romance. See more »

Goofs

McConnell's B-17 is attacked by what the crew and the mission debriefing officers refer to as "jets." However, the aircraft are clearly Me-163 "Komets", which were rocket-powered. It's possible that the crews confused the Me-163 with the Me-262, an actual German jet fighter that was present around the same time. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Joseph C.'Mac' McConnell, Jr.: I think I'm going to call you 'Butch'
Pearl 'Butch' Brown: Why?
Capt. Joseph C.'Mac' McConnell, Jr.: Because when I look at you, you cut me into pieces.
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Connections

Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeepers Creepers
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played after Mac turns on the light in the room
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Alan Ladd is finally happy
26 October 2018 | by angelsunchainedSee all my reviews

Typical 1950s fluff about a great, yet tragic hero. Entertaining for a rainy night, nothing else. However, it should be noted that the saddest movie star that ever lived, Alan Ladd, finally found some happiness in making this film. He fell in love with his co-star June Allyson; only problem, both were married at the time. Seems June looked alot like Ladd's first wife; his highschool sweetheart. Alas, Mr.Ladd's happiness was short-lived, as was he.


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