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Task Force (1949)

Approved | | Drama, War | 31 March 1950 (Finland)
As he is retiring, Jonathon Scott reminisces about his long Navy career and the development of the role of the aircraft carrier from the early 20s.




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Complete credited cast:
Mary Morgan
Pete Richard
Barbara McKinney
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Sen. Bentley
John Ridgely ...
Dixie Rankin
Richard Rober ...
Lt. Jack Southern
Art Baker ...
Sen. Vincent
Adm. Ames
Ray Montgomery ...
Harlan Warde ...
Timmy Kissell


On the day of his retirement, Rear Admiral Jonathan L. Scott reflects on his role in introducing aircraft carriers to the U.S. Navy. After World War I, there was a general downsizing of the military. There were only limited opportunities to create a carrier-bound air capability. The aircraft were not designed specifically for landing on a flat top and several death occur during training. Over the years however, Scott is one of several men who pursue their dream of aircraft carriers and aircraft specifically designed for that purpose. Their worth is proved in World War II at the Battle of Midway and throughout the war. Written by garykmcd

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31 March 1950 (Finland)  »

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The Horizon in Flames  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


(Technicolor) (some sequences)|

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1.37 : 1
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The entire film is in black and white except for the last 18 minutes which were shot in color. See more »


In a long shot of the naval hospital, in a scene set in the 1920s, a 1940s car can plainly be seen driving along the road in front of the hospital. See more »


Jonathan L. Scott: We lost some planes and men - bad planes, good men.
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Referenced in White Heat (1949) See more »


Tea for Two
Music by Vincent Youmans
Played when Cmdr. Richard introduces Lt. Scott to the Admiral and his wife
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Realistic stuff, and a tribute to heroes
9 October 2005 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This film depicts the reality of war, better than the turn of the century films, like Pearl Harbor and Saving Private Ryan. The kamikaze attacks what looked like the USS Franklin are very realistic, as were the attacks on JNS Akagi. It also shows realistic views of the USS Missouri in action in the storming of Okinawa. The film just shows Americans in their best light, fighting against the odds, and their own superiors at the same time. Not like Operation Overlord and the Ardennes Offensive, battles more often depicted, which by comparison were cakewalks where the outcome was never in doubt. In this movie, the Japanese are also seen as being a creditable and respected adversaries.

Gary Cooper is much more convincing as a WW2 leader than say, Ben Affleck. The leaders at the time were modest men, just doing a job. There was also a lot of technical planning involved in WW2, not just gungho American soldiers and sailors in continuous and unrealistic action. It is also far more dangerous at sea than on land, as you can't go anywhere. The danger element and the general communication between the CVs was bought out well in this movie.

This film is a historical recounting of the greatest naval episode of all time.

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