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Task Force (1949)

 -  Drama | War  -  31 March 1950 (Finland)
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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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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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A különítmény  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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 »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, the battle damaged aircraft carrier is shown steaming into New York Harbor along with a montage of stock footage showing battle damage. However, one clip has the open ocean in the background rather than the New York City skyline. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan L. Scott: We lost some planes and men - bad planes, good men.
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References A Farewell to Arms (1932) See more »

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O Christmas Tree
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Excellent
16 March 2006 | by (hot springs, ar) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie late one night when I couldn't sleep. For those of us that study the history of military aviation, this movie is a God-send! The "between wars" US military had a dismal understanding of aviation. And this film shows what Naval aviators had to contend with. The film depicts, correctly, the backward "John Paul Jones" thinking of the Naval brass at the time. The film covers some 20 years but does it very well. Gary Cooper plays the role of a Naval aviator better than he plays most of his roles. And seeing Walter Brennen as a Navy admiral was different. I grew up watching him as "Grandpa McCoy." Aside from the "movie" stuff, the film is a very good history lesson. Most people can't believe that we had one of the worst air fleets in the world during the inter-war period. And it was because of the 19th century thinking of the senior brass. But for airplane nuts like myself, seeing the old Boeing F4B's, Curtiss Goshawks and Grumman F2F's and F3F's actually in the air was the most wonderful part of the movie. If you get a chance to see it, do so.


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