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Release Date:
11 January 1945 (Argentina) See more »
MIGHTY DRAMA OF AIRCRAFT CARRIER X (original ad - all caps) See more »
An aircraft carrier is sent on a decoy mission around the Pacific, with orders to avoid combat, thus... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Great movie view of WWII Carrier War. See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Don Ameche ... Flight Cmdr. Bingo Harper

Dana Andrews ... Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton

William Eythe ... Ens. Hallam 'Oscar' Scott

Charles Bickford ... Capt. Waddell

Cedric Hardwicke ... Admiral (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Kevin O'Shea ... Ens. Charles 'Cookie' Cunningham

Richard Jaeckel ... Beezy Bessemer

Harry Morgan ... 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

Dave Willock ... Ens. Hans Jacobson

Murray Alper ... Benjamin K. 'Benny 'O'Neill
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Acuff ... Pharmacist's Mate (uncredited)

Stanley Andrews ... Marine General (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Sailor Projectionist (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Mail Orderly (uncredited)
Ralph Brooke ... Gunner (uncredited)
Gary Bruce ... Gunner (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Telephone Orderly (uncredited)
Neil Carter ... Telephone Orderly (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Sailor Assisting Projectionist (uncredited)
William Colby ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Condon ... Pilot (uncredited)
Rim Conrad ... Pilot (uncredited)
Thomas Cowan ... Navigator (uncredited)
Danny Desmond ... Pilot (uncredited)

Jimmie Dodd ... Pilot (uncredited)
Jim Drum ... Telephone Orderly (uncredited)
Stanley Dunn ... Gunner (uncredited)

Blake Edwards ... Pilot (uncredited)

Alice Faye ... Harem Girl (edited from: Tin Pan Alley) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Frank Ferry ... Pilot (uncredited)
Don Forbes ... Naval Officer (uncredited)
John Forrest ... Pilot (uncredited)
Eddie Friedman ... Sailor (uncredited)

Billy Gilbert ... Sheik (edited from: Tin Pan Alley) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Betty Grable ... Harem Girl (edited from: Tin Pan Alley) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Richard Graham ... Pilot (uncredited)
Josh Hardin ... Pilot (uncredited)
Louis Hart ... Pilot (uncredited)
Joe Haworth ... Murphy (uncredited)
Don Hayden ... Gunner (uncredited)
John Heath ... Pilot (uncredited)
Tom Holland ... Telephone Orderly (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Admiral (uncredited)
Ted Jordan ... Gunner (uncredited)
John Kellogg ... Assistant Air Officer (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Lew (uncredited)
Mike Killian ... Pilot (uncredited)
Carl Knowles ... Marine Orderly (uncredited)
Charles Lang ... Ens. Chuck White (uncredited)
Billy Lechner ... Anti-Aircraft Gunner (uncredited)
William Manning ... Pilot Manning (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Sailor (uncredited)
Terry Mason ... Gunner (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Sailor Assisting Projectionist (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Admiral (uncredited)
Gene Meredith ... Telephone Orderly (uncredited)
John Miles ... Ens. 'Lovebug' Markham (uncredited)
Sidney Miller ... Sailor (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Admiral (uncredited)
Charles Murray Jr. ... Pilot (uncredited)
Melvin Nix ... Pilot (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Sailor (uncredited)

Michael Owen ... Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
Frank Perry ... Pilot (uncredited)
Terrance Ray ... Mail Orderly (uncredited)
George Riley ... Sailor (uncredited)
Raymond Roe ... Gunner (uncredited)
Harold Schlickenmayer ... Plane Captain (uncredited)
Wallace Scott ... Sailor (uncredited)
Jerry Shane ... Foley (uncredited)
Robin Short ... Mail Orderly (uncredited)
Mel Shubert ... Pilot Shubert (uncredited)
Charles Smith ... Alfalfa (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Executive Officer Reporting Aft Damage (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Executive Officer (uncredited)
Larry Thompson ... Sam Cooper (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Cmdr. L.M. Hale, Medical Officer (uncredited)
Albert Van Antwerp ... Admiral (uncredited)
Edward Van Sloan ... Admiral (uncredited)
Charles Waldron ... Admiral (uncredited)
Ray Walker ... Sailor Assisting Projectionist (uncredited)
Jay Ward ... Mail Orderly (uncredited)

Pierre Watkin ... Admiral (uncredited)
Blanche Webb ... Plump Girl (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Admiral (uncredited)
Matt Willis ... Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
Frederick Worlock ... Admiral (uncredited)
Robert Wright ... Telephone Orderly (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
Writing credits
Jerome Cady (story)

Jerome Cady (screenplay)

Mortimer Braus  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)
Jo Swerling  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
William A. Bacher .... producer
Walter Morosco .... producer
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer  (as Hugo W. Friedhofer)
Cinematography by
Glen MacWilliams (director of photography)
Film Editing by
J. Watson Webb Jr.  (as J. Watson Webb)
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
Production Management
Raymond A. Klune .... production manager (uncredited)
Art Department
Fred J. Rode .... associate set decorator
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Emil Newman .... musical director
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ralph Rainger .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert L. Middleton .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Wing and a Prayer: The Story of Carrier X" - USA (long title)
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97 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

When Gus Chisholm is strafed in the water, the various Japanese aircraft shown are American F4F Grumman "Wildcats" and American Douglas SBD "Dauntless" DivebombersSee more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Capt. Waddell:The trap has been sprung. Believing us scattered all over the ocean, the main Jap fleet is headed for Midway. They're going in for the kill and so are we. We're through pulling punches. We're through running away. Our mission is accomplished and from here on in, we fight!See more »
Movie Connections:
My Bonnie Lies over the OceanSee more »


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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Great movie view of WWII Carrier War., 11 August 2003
Author: anily_gene

Movie gives authentic view of TBM 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 'documentary' 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.


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