Air Cadet (film)

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Air Cadet
Air Cadet film.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Joseph Pevney
Produced by Aaron Rosenberg
Written by Robert Soderberg story
Robert L. Richards story, screenplay
Joseph Hoffman additional dialogue
Starring Stephen McNally
Gail Russell
Richard Long
Music by Joseph Gershenson
Cinematography Clifford Stine
Edited by Russell F. Schoengarth
Distributed by Universal-International
Release dates
  • March 14, 1951 (1951-03-14)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Air Cadet is a 1951 American drama film directed by Joseph Pevney and starring Stephen McNally and Gail Russell. The film featured a small early role for Rock Hudson.


A group of cadets begin Air Force pilot training during the Korean War. After primary training at Randolph Field, they move to Williams Air Force Base for advanced training on jets. There cadet Russ Coulter (Richard Long) meets and falls in love with Janet Page (Gail Russell), the estranged wife of one of the instructors. The rivalry puts his future as a fighter pilot in jeopardy.



Production of Air Cadet began at Randolph Field near San Antonio, Texas. The scenes at Randolph Field were filmed in five days and the cast and crew transferred to Williams Air Force Base near Mesa, Arizona where the remainder of the film was shot.[1] Before he became widely known as an astronaut, Gus Grissom was briefly featured early in the movie as a U.S. Air Force candidate for the flight school.


Leonard Maltin's review was typical, "Familiar account of Air Force recruits training to become fighter pilots; McNally plays their tough but troubled flight commander. It's fun to see Hudson barking orders at the recruits."[2]


  1. ^ Thompson 2002, p. 37.
  2. ^ Maltin, Leonard. "Leonard Maltin Movie Review." Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved: November 21, 2011.


  • Thompson, Frank. Texas Hollywood: Filmmaking in San Antonio Since 1910. San Antonio: Maverick Publishing Company, 2002. ISBN 978-1-893271-20-3.

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