- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 24, 2011
- Originally Released: 1956
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
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Description by OLDIES.com:
William Holden goes where no man's gone before in director Mervyn LeRoy's high-flying aviation adventure. Tortured into making a false confession while a POW in Korea, Major Lincoln Bond (Holden) returns to active service as a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base. Determined to clear his name, Bond battles a hard-nosed base commander (Lloyd Nolan), prejudiced officers and his own insecurities in hopes of landing the most coveted -- and dangerous -- test project of all: the Bell X-2 rocket plane.
The first and only film made by Holden's own company, Toward the Unknown features an X-2 mockup especially built for the production by Bell Aircraft and marks the screen debut of James Garner, whose TV series "Maverick" would make him a household name just a year later.
This high-flying thriller utilizes exciting footage of the USAF Thunderbirds in action--an interesting and authentic look into the world of Air Force test pilots. Set at Edwards Air Force base in California, the story centers on a dishonored pilot who is no longer allowed to fly. It seems that as a Korean POW he was brutally tortured and brainwashed until he could bear no more and he eventually cracked. Though it has been many years, he wants to clear his name and fly again. Unfortunately a general fears the pilot could again lose it during the testing of a highly experimental plan. Fortunately, the general's secretary is the former girl friend of the pilot and she convinces the general that he is rock solid. The pilot then sets out to prove it for himself. James Garner made his big screen debut in this film.