The McConnell Story

The McConnell Story

Director: Gordon M. Douglas Cast: Alan Ladd, June Allyson, James Whitmore


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Alan Ladd plays real-life air force hero Captain Joseph McConnell Jr. in this inspirational biopic, while June Allyson does her usual as McConnell's anxious, waiting-nervously-at-home wife. Assigned to the medical corps during WWII, McConnell takes private flying lessons so that he'll qualify for pilot duty. After serving with distinction in the war, McConnell becomes a pioneer in the testing of jet aircraft. The film ends when McConnell dies while testing a new Sabre Jet. If June Allyson seems genuinely broken up upon learning of her screen husband's death, it may be because the real Captain Joseph McConnell died only a few weeks before filming started on The McConnell Story, necessitating a hurriedly rescripted ending.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2010
UPC: 0883316232460
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 15,133

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Ladd Joseph C. "Mac" McConnell, Jr.
June Allyson Pearl "Butch" Brown
James Whitmore Ty Whitman
Frank Faylen Sgt. Sykes
Robert Ellis Bob
Willis B. Bouchey Newton Bass
Sarah Selby Mom
Gregory Walcott First MP
Frank Ferguson Mechanic
John M. Pickard Second MP
Perry Lopez Red
Dabbs Greer Pilot Instructor
Edward Platt Medical Corps Instructor
Vera Marshe Woman

Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
John Beckman Art Director
Henry Blanke Producer
Chuck Hansen Asst. Director
William Kissell Asst. Director
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Charles Lang Sound/Sound Designer
Owen Marks Editor
Sam Rolfe Screenwriter
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
Ted Sherdeman Screenwriter
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Steiner Score Composer

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