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Bombers B-52(1957)

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A working title of the film was No Sleep till Dawn. According to Warner Bros. production notes, the film was shot on location at March Air Force Base, near Riverside, CA and Castle Air Force Base, near Merced, CA. According to the Hollywood Reporter review, the new B-52 Stratofortress weighed 500,000 pounds and was capable of traveling 17,000 miles nonstop, at the speed of over 650 miles per hour. Although opening credits read "And presenting Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.," the actor previously had appeared in Twentieth Century-Fox's 1949 production House of Strangers (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50). He also had a major role in Warner Bros.' Band of Angels (see entry above), which had a production schedule overlapping that of Bombers B-52 and was released in July 1957, a few months before Bombers B-52. A December 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item adds James Garner to the cast, but he was not in the final film.