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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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Richard Rober ...
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Art Baker ...
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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)


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1.37 : 1
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Task Force was the drive in movie that Cody Jarrett (White Heat) pulled into to avoid the police chasing him 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 »


Mary Morgan: The Navy's losing a good man, and I'm getting one back.
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References A Farewell to Arms (1932) See more »


Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1840)
Lyrics by Charles Wesley (1730)
Sung by a chorus
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Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan, always a good combination on the silver screen
11 October 1999 | by (Liverpool England) – See all my reviews

In my opinion, the best movie ever made about the U.S. Navy in the Pacific conflict. With the pre-war black and white, and wartime, colored documentary footage adding that extra gloss to a fine film. Coop took on his role perfectly. Walter Brennan could never let you down whatever role he played. Bruce Bennet, always the reliable supporting actor. John Ridgley too. Stanley Ridges? Reliable as ever as a trouble maker. Moroni Olsen as a senior flag officer, as usual, eminence oozes out of him. And last but least, Wayne Morris; he must have felt at home in the movie, serving as he did as a carrier-based fighter pilot in the navy in the Pacific. Not being on sale in the U.K. video stores. Buyiing this video through Amazon.com was a MUST for me.

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