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 ...
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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
By 1940 a lot of Hollywood studios were making preparedness films as anyone with half a brain knew that sooner or later we would be involved in those unpleasant events in Europe and Asia. Wings Of The Navy at Warner Brothers and Flight Command at MGM dealt with naval aviation as did this Oscar nominated short subject Eyes Of The Navy.
There is some acted sequences by Russell Wade, Warren McCollum and Charles Middleton, but the majority of the film is documentary footage some of it clearly from MGM's Flight Command. Even some of the background musical score is from that film.
The pilots then and now are the glamor profession of aviation. This shows what goes into making a Top Gun back in 1940. Looking at it I still marvel at the advances in aviation made during those World War II years. I think today's viewer will agree.
A must for aviation buffs.
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