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A Gathering of Eagles (1963) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Delbert Mann and produced by Sy Bartlett.

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Col. Jim Caldwell: You could have contacted me last night before you sent that plane up.
Col. Hollis Farr: Yes, I could have, couldn't it?
Col. Jim Caldwell: How did you like it out there on that "limb"?
Col. Hollis Farr: Gets uh... kind of breezy, doesn't it?
Col. Jim Caldwell: It sure does. And you stay with it, pal. You might even get to like it after a while.


Col. Hollis Farr: [Singing "The SAC Song" by Tom Lehrer] Here at SAC we're filled with pride There's just one thing we can't decide Which we'd rather be clobbered by-- An enemy attack or ORI! Our wing commander's got a racket, But sometimes it's hard to hack it, Whenever he gets his wife alone, Ding-a-ling-aling goes the little red phone! Oh we start a seven day alert, For a week we will not see a skirt, But we know it's part of SAC's main goal, To test our positive control! Absence makes the heart grow fonder, Whatever became of the Wild Blue Yonder? How we wish the good old days were back-- at SAC!


Col. Hollis Farr: But what about this request for transfer?
Col. Jim Caldwell: I never saw it.
Col. Hollis Farr: Aw, come on! If you stall around on this, all he'll do is go to the Inspector General. Why go out on a limb?
Col. Jim Caldwell: Out on a limb? How in the hell do you think I've been living since I took this job? What's wrong with going out on a limb, Hollis?
Col. Hollis Farr: Don't get excited. I didn't mean it that way.
Col. Jim Caldwell: Well, I'd like to know exactly what you did mean.
Col. Hollis Farr: I... I just meant you should be careful the way you handle it.
Col. Jim Caldwell: You leave this one with me. And if somebody saws off that limb it'll be my neck, not yours!


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The scene where Mary Peach's character goes out "on the town" shows her exiting a theater into a grand lobby where she meets friends. That lobby is the actual foyer of the San Francisco Opera House, which looks virtually the same to this day.
Jerry Goldsmith's opening fanfare was licensed by Cinema International Corporation (CIC) for its vanity plate fanfare. CIC was an international film distribution company, part owned by Universal (with Paramount and, later, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer).
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