πŸŽ₯ A Gathering of Eagles – 1963

The Story …

The Inspector General of the Strategic Air Command (SAC), Major General “Happy Jack” Kirby, lands unannounced at an Air Force Base in California, home to an important Strategic Aerospace Wing, and announces there will be an Operational Readiness Inspection at no notice.

His team discover many failings, and Kirby reports unfavourably to his superior, General Hewitt.

Hewitt decides that the wing commander must be replaced, and offers the prestigious job to his own aide, Colonel Jim Caldwell, who accepts gladly, especially as his vice-commander is to be an old and trusted friend Colonel Hollis Farr.

Caldwell immediately sees many reasons for the low standards of training and readiness, and institutes a number of harsh policies that bring him into conflict with Farr …

Caldwell faces the unwelcome truth that Farr himself is too undisciplined, and gives him notice of dismissal. This causes a rift between Caldwell and his wife Victoria who thinks that her rumoured affair with Farr may have cost him his job.

At this point, Caldwell, absent on a hospital visit, is suddenly told of a genuine emergency on the base, as an unidentified aircraft is on final approach with no signal.

Caldwell is unable to return in time to handle the crisis and Farr assumes command and brings it to a successful conclusion, but only by breaking a key regulation, which could easily cause them to fail their inspection. When Kirby demands an explanation, Caldwell defends Farr, stating that he would have made the same call.

To their surprise, Kirby admits that he too would have done the same, and that the wing has passed its all-important test, and it seems clear that Farr will retain his job after all.

Credits :

  • Directed by : Delbert Mann

  • Screenplay by : Robert Pirosh

  • Story by : Sy Bartlett

  • Produced by : Sy Bartlett

  • Cinematography : Russell Harlan

  • Edited by : Russell F. Schoengarth and Robert Schulte

  • Music by : Jerry Goldsmith and Tom Lehrer

  • Production Company : Universal Pictures

  • Distributed by : Universal International Pictures

  • Release Date : June 21, 1963

Cast :

  • Rock Hudson as Colonel James Caldwell

  • Rod Taylor as Colonel Hollis Farr

  • Mary Peach as Victoria Caldwell

  • Barry Sullivan as Colonel William Fowler

  • Kevin McCarthy as Major General J. T. “Happy Jack” Kirby

  • Nelson Leigh as Brigadier General John Aymes

  • Henry Silva as Colonel Joe “Smokin’ Joe” Garcia

  • Leora Dana as Evelyn Fowler

  • Robert Lansing as Senior Master Sergeant Banning

  • Richard Le Pore as Staff Sergeant Kemler

  • Ray Montgomery as Captain Linke

  • Richard Anderson as Colonel Ralph Josten

  • Leif Erickson as General Hewitt

  • Louise Fletcher as Mrs Kemler

Film Information :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Gathering_of_Eagles

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