THIS SUMMARY CONTAINS SPOILERS! Danny is a juvenile delinquent sentenced to Variety Club Ranch in lieu of jail. He charms the headmistress and goads everyone else. The marshal sets out to ... See full summary »
This was the second aviation movie to be filmed, in part, at Eglin Air Force Base in the Northwest Florida Panhandle - Twelve O'Clock High (1949) was the first - but the 1955 appearance in nearby Fort Walton Beach of Guy Madison never generated the same level of interest as Gregory Peck had, according to 1955 coverage in the Playground News. See more »
Guy Madison portrays an Air Force flight surgeon who performs daring experiments in space medicine. He's somewhat of a cross between real-life researchers Col. John Paul Stapp (rider of the famous rocket sled) and Capt. Joseph W. Kittinger, who performed a free-fall parachute jump from a balloon floating at 102,800 feet in 1961...5 years or so after the release of this movie!
The planning and execution of the high-altitude balloon jumps is detailed in this movie.
Admittedly, it's not a film for everyone, and it has its share of cliches, but remember that this was released in 1956. It's an interesting movie, very dated now, but that actually enhances its appeal for those interested in the earliest days of the space program.
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