Produced by MGM in 'cooperation' with the US Navy, Eyes of the Navy amounts to a prewar (for the US at least; by 1940 England had been at war for a while) recruitment film for young men to ... See full summary »
Produced by MGM in 'cooperation' with the US Navy, Eyes of the Navy amounts to a prewar (for the US at least; by 1940 England had been at war for a while) recruitment film for young men to become Navy fliers. It follows young men from basic flight training through to take-offs and landings on an aircraft carrier. While the work is serious, the film says, it's all a lot of fun with lot's of time off and the chance to visit exotic locales around the world. Patriotic throughout, the film tells of the preparations they are making, just in case they are necessary. Written by
This was a very timely short produced by MGM to inspire the home front about preparing for what looked like America's certain entrance into WWII a year before Pearl Harbor.
Ensuring the future of America by training its young men for war is the theme of the short. Peace, Security and Progress are mentioned by the narration. The film opens at the Pensacola Air Station where the U.S. Navy and Marines trained airmen for future assignments in the air.
Scenes of formation flying, men trained in mockup planes, and shooting weapons on the firing range are shown, among battle plans drilled in classrooms and actual landings on carriers as well as dive bombing at speeds of 500 miles per hour. In twenty minutes, the short covers a lot of ground in the kind of training involved.
Obviously the film was used to promote enlistment in the armed services as America entered the WWII phase and it does a good job of doing exactly that.
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