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An aircraft carrier is sent on a decoy mission around the Pacific, with orders to avoid combat, thus lulling Japanese alertness before the battle of Midway. All the men have their ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton
William Eythe ...
Ens. Hallam 'Oscar' Scott
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Admiral (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Kevin O'Shea ...
Ens. Charles 'Cookie' Cunningham
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Beezy Bessemer
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Ens. Malcolm Brainard (as Henry Morgan)
Richard Crane ...
Ens. Gus Chisholm
Glenn Langan ...
Executive Officer
Renny McEvoy ...
Ens. Cliff Hale
Robert Bailey ...
Ens. Paducah Holloway
Reed Hadley ...
Cmdr. O'Donnell
George Mathews ...
Dooley
B.S. Pully ...
Flat Top
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Storyline

An aircraft carrier is sent on a decoy mission around the Pacific, with orders to avoid combat, thus lulling Japanese alertness before the battle of Midway. All the men have their individual worries and concerns, but become increasingly frustrated at their avoidance of combat, for reasons unknown to them. But in the end, all get their chance to fight. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE MOST DANGEROUS MISSION IN THE WAR! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

11 January 1945 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Queen of the Flat Tops  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lloyd Nolan was once set to star in this movie according to 20th Century-Fox studio publicity and the 'Hollywood Reporter' of late 1943. He would be appearing in the re-conceptualized fictionalized version of the film. A December edition of the 'Hollywood Reporter' reported Nolan to be going to be playing a squadron leader. Records of the Legal Department of the UCLA Arts Special Collections Library state that Nolan was set to play the character of Benjamin K. 'Benny 'O'Neill, a role finally played by Murray Alper. Nolan did not end up appearing in this movie. See more »

Goofs

Curtiss SB2C Helldivers are shown in use alongside the Grumman TBF Avengers just prior to and during the Midway portions of the film. The Helldiver was not employed at Midway or prior to it. See more »

Connections

Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

I Know Why (and So Do You)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the scene where Moulton asks Brainard to play acey-deucey
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Great movie view of WWII Carrier War.
11 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Movie gives authentic view of TBM's, carrier torpedo bombers of mid-WWII. The tensions before the battle as well as the battle and aftermath are well covered. Acting is down-to-earth and realistic in terms of Combat Aircrew and Deck crews. More of a 'documentry' and memory bank for those who flew...and those who died! The USA won the battle AND the War. The TBM survived and saw service in the Korean War. A REAL FLAG WAVER!!!


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