A pall was cast on this film based on the experiences of a real-life American hero when its subject, Capt. Joseph McConnell, Jr., died while testing a Sabre jet just a few weeks before the picture was set to roll. McConnell had shot down 15 enemy planes during the Korean War and come back
to the United States to great accolades. He'd hoped to return for another tour of duty but his superiors felt he was more important to the war effort Stateside and forbade his return to Korea; then fate intervened, and McConnell's plane crashed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Ladd is the
lead, a private from a small town in New England in the early days of WW II. He's ass...