Strategic Air Command (25-Mar-1955)
Director: Anthony Mann
Writers: Valentine Davies; Beirne Lay, Jr.
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Review by Carl Gagnon (posted on 30-May-2005)
First and foremost I want to say that Jimmy Stewart is truly an American hero. We all love our heroes, for some it's an NFL quarterback or an NBA basketball player. For me, it's an American who was "just one of the masses" until he or she distinguishes themselves from the rest of us either by an act of bravery or a life well lived. Certainly Jimmy Stewart falls among the latter. To think that this major motion picture star retired as a Brigadier General in the USAF is an accomplishment few of us can top!
The movie "Startegic Air Command" was maybe THE movie that enticed me into enlisting in the Air Force in 1973. Although I didn't fly airplanes, my love of aircraft has been with me all my life.
As I was watching this movie again on Memorial Day 2005 there was a particular scene that got me wondering. It is the scene just after Jimmy Stewart crashes, June Allison gives birth to a baby girl and due to a miscommunication in a Western Union telegram they name their baby girl Hope. I wondered immediately what year the movie was made and saw online that it was 1955, which means that the baby girl is about a year older than me.
I wondered who's daughter that was in the film and where she is today and if she has an acting career. Perhaps if she see's this she can get in touch with me via email I'd love to know about her.
The movie SAC was great, but the heroes were the SAC troops that in real life stayed "on alert" for the entire cold war. They are directly responsible for the end of communism and the world as we know it today.
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