Jet Attack

Jet Attack (also known as Jet Alert and released in the UK as Through Hell to Glory) is a 1958 American aviation war film set in the Korean War, featuring United States Air Force (USAF) aircraft.[1]

Jet Attack
Directed byEdward L. Cahn
Produced byAlex Gordon
Written byOrville H. Hampton
StarringJohn Agar
Audrey Totter
Gregory Walcott
Music byRonald Stein
CinematographyFrederick E. West
Edited byRobert S. Eisen
Catalina Productions
Distributed byAIP
Release date
February 1958
Running time
69 min.
CountryUnited States


During the Korean War, scientist Dean Olmstead (Joseph Hamilton) designs a long-range radio transmitting and tracking device for the United States Air Force. During testing of the device, Capt. Tom Arnett (John Agar), leading an escort of North American F-86 Sabre jet fighters, is unable to prevent Olmstead's North American B-25 Mitchell bomber being shot down in North Korea. His commanding officer, Col. Catlett (George Cisar) plans a rescue of the scientist, whom he believes is still alive and may be undergoing interrogation by Soviet intelligence agents working with the North Koreans.

Arnett and Lt. Bill Clairborn (Gregory Walcott) are assigned to go into North Korea and bring back Olmstead. After parachuting behind enemy lines, they meet up with guerrilla leader Capt. Chon (Victor Sen Yung), who takes them to Tanya Nikova (Audrey Totter), a Russian nurse, who has been working as a spy for the guerrillas. Tanya had previously been romantically involved with Arnett, but proves invaluable to the mission. She knows that the scientist may be under care of her boss, Col. Kuban (Robert Carricart), a Russian doctor. After they discover Olmstead's whereabouts and bring him out of the prison camp where he was being treated for a concussion, the group is pursued by North Korean Maj. Wan (Leonard Strong). Tanya is wounded during the escape but manages to drive the Americans to an airfield. She dies, but the two American pilots and the scientist make good their escape in a pair of North Korean Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 jet fighters.



Jet Attack relied heavily on "stock war footage and studio shots".[2] The mismatched footage led to unintended continuity errors.[Note 1][3] California Air National Guard North American F-86A Sabres from the 196th Fighter Interceptor Squadron stood in for both USAF and North Korean fighters.[3]


American International Pictures released Jet Attack as a double feature with Suicide Battalion. Like many other films of the period that were set in the Korean War, film historian Michael Paris considered it another of the "... features that had little to say that was new; most simply reprised situations common from earlier films and were a blatant attempt to profit from public interest in the war."[4]

See also



  1. In the film, during the attack scene, a North American B-25 Mitchell bomber turns into a Martin B-26 Marauder.


  1. "'Jet Attack'." Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved: March 15, 2015.
  2. Pendo 1985, p. 237.
  3. Santoir, Christian. "Jet Attack". Aeromovies. Retrieved: March 16, 2015.
  4. Paris 1995, p. 189.


  • Paris, Michael. From the Wright Brothers to Top Gun: Aviation, Nationalism, and Popular Cinema. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 1995. ISBN 978-0-7190-4074-0.
  • Pendo, Stephen. Aviation in the Cinema. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1985. ISBN 0-8-1081-746-2.
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