Jimmy, the owner of a failed music shop, goes to work with his uncle, the owner of a food factory. Before he gets there, he befriends an Irish family who happens to be his uncle's worst ... See full summary »
Although there was a "Dutch Holland" in baseball, he never served in the military. The character of "Dutch" Holland is loosely based on the life of Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams whom left his career and became a Vought F4U Corsair flight instructor and then was recalled into active duty and flew combat missions in Korea. He was the wing man of legendary astronaut and future senator, John Glenn. Ted Williams resigned his Marine Corps Commission at the conclusion of the Korean War with the rank of Captain, the equivalent of an Army Captain.
At one point, Dutch refers to his old aircraft as a B-24, not a B-29 as mentioned earlier in the film (an understandable mistake, since Jimmy Stewart commanded a B-24 Liberator during WWII, flying 29 combat missions). See more »
a true reality show, with Jimm Stewart a real Air Force hero!
I was born a year after this movie was filmed, but I grew up during the cold war and this film is a great reminder of what so many people did on our behalf for so many years. And yes, the views of these great aircraft, now long gone, still amaze me. And whether I should or shouldn't, I like the story. I always enjoy watching Jimmy Stewart, and I remind myself that he actually did some of what he portrays here. He was, as I recall, a reserve Brigadier General in the Air Force after having served during World War II. For him this really was not play acting but reliving the real thing. A true reality show, as opposed to the nonsense on TV today calling itself that. This is the real thing!
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