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Air Glory


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Two movies I have enjoyed seeing on Tcm is Jimmy Stewart's 1955 ode to SAC, Strategic Air Command and from 1956, Mervyn LeRoy's Torward The Unknown with William Holden as a broken pilot a la Korea who shows up at Edwards AFB on the high desert in California because he still believes he's got The Right Stuff. TTU is a definite curio, an often overlooked 1950s precursor to The Right Stuff. One name figures prominently in  both Strategic Air Command and Torward The Unknown, Beirne Lay Jr. So these two films although disimilar are kindred. When Tcm has aired Strategic Air Command, it has been the widescreen VistaVision format but yet Torward The Unknown has been shown in 4:3 full screen maybe because Warner Bros a few years ago released TTU on DVD in that format. Yet I found a widescreen web streaming of TTU. Anyways, both films are great. With Strategic Air Command we have fabulous aerial cinematography of the B-36 and later the B-47 to the accompanyment of Victor Young music and in Torward The Unknown we see a rocket engine test and a rocket sled juggernaut down a track, a helicopter and a nice glide test with Bill Holden in the cockpit.

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