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Bombers B-52 (1957)

Sgt. Chuck Brennan always disliked playboy and hotshot, Col. Jim Herlihy. Now Chuck has even more reason to, Jim is dating his daughter, Lois.

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Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Irving Wallace (screenplay), Sam Rolfe (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Natalie Wood ... Lois Brennan
Karl Malden ... MSgt. Chuck V. Brennan
Marsha Hunt ... Edith Brennan
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Col. Jim Herlihy
Don Kelly ... MSgt. Darren McKine
Nelson Leigh ... Brig. Gen. Wayne Acton
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols ... Wilbur 'Brooklyn' Stuart
Ray Montgomery ... Barnes
Robert Hover Robert Hover ... Simpson (as Bob Hover)
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Storyline

U.S Air Force Sgt. Chuck Brennan always disliked playboy and hotshot, Col. Jim Herlihy. He first met him in Korea, where his emergency arrival for repairs while enroute for what Chuck thought was the colonels "hot date" in Tokyo, caused the death of several of his crewmen. Now several years later when Chuck, while still in the Air Force, is now weighing continued enlistment or retirement, the base's new C.O. is none other than Col. Herlihy. Compounding his dislike is a budding romance with Chuck's daughter, Lois. Written by Bill Walch

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Unsung heroes lift off in the era's mightiest fighting machine! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1957 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Bomber B-52 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A July 20, 2015, newspaper article was about two B-52s--at the time 58 years old--flying as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre, a 44-hour, non-stop, show-of-force, round-trip simulated bombing mission from Barksdale AFB in Louisiana to the NT Outback Australia. The purpose of the mission was to assure allies and deter foes. See more »

Goofs

While the first flight takes off of a B-52 from the field, the camera focuses on Brenan wearing a 329 cap and the next scene shows a plane in reverse with the lettering "ECROF RIA SU." See more »

Quotes

B-52 School Instructor: [At the briefing for Air Force men being given at Boeing plant in Seattle] These are pictures of the B-52 Stratofortress. It's the biggest jet bomber in the world. It can reach any target in the world. It can fly over six hundred miles an hour, over eight miles high, and over six thousand miles distance without refueling. On a single mission, one of these airplanes - Just ONE - can carry greater destructive force than that of all the bombs dropped by the entire Allied air forces during the whole...
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Crazy Credits

[all lines centered] And Presenting Efrem Zimbalist Jr. See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Great Feeling
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Music by Jule Styne
Played when Chuck and Lois get up to dance
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Pretty decent Air Force drama
7 February 2011 | by matjusmSee all my reviews

I didn't really know what to expect when I started watching this but I am glad I made the decision to do that.

Karl Maiden plays an experienced Air Force crew chief who's job it is to keep the planes flying. He has spent some 20 years in the air force when he gets an offer to work for a company for multiple times his current salary. His late teens/early 20s daughter is very vocal about him taking up this offer and his wife is leaning towards that as well. So he decides to put in his resignation papers with the Air Force but they take some time to go through.

At the same time major changes are taking place on the base he is stationed at. An old acquaintance, a man who Maiden's character is not too fond of due to past events, becomes a senior officer at this base and the unit is chosen to become the first one in the US Air Force to take delivery of the new B-52 bombers which they must now get to know. Everybody wishes for him to stay and help out with the new planes and he decides to do that until his resignation papers are processed. During this time, quite a few things happen, both in his personal/family life as well as some adventures with the new planes.

What I liked about this film is that the drama isn't forced or too overbearing. It is more down to earth, if even to say realistic and something one can relate to. Another huge bonus is that the film had the full cooperation of the Air Force so there are no miniatures or painted backdrops. All the planes are real (quite surprising that they'd feature America's latest achievement in aerial weaponry in a film as much as this) and the sets are actual air bases. Its a pleasure to watch all this big hardware moving around.

If you like films about the air force with a bit of personal drama thrown in, this is quite good.


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