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The Flying Missile (1950)

Fictional account of the role played by a somewhat impetuous US Naval commander in developing the first means of launching missiles from submarines.

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Cmdr. William A. Talbot
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Karin Hansen
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RAdm. Thomas A. Scott
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Dr. Gates, USN
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Quartermaster 'Fuss' Payne
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Lars Hansen
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Adm. Bradley
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Vice-Adm. Williams
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Crewman Mack (as Zachary A. Charles)
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Crewman Andy Mason
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Crewman Pete McEvoy
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Fictional account of the role played by a somewhat impetuous US Naval commander in developing the first means of launching missiles from submarines.

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24 December 1950 (USA)  »

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The guided missiles are V-1 Buzz Bombs created by the Germans in WWII. See more »

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After finally abandoning his canes and braces, Cmdr. Talbot, on the first Test Mission, has toured the submarine and tells the Admiral "it's good to walk through the ship again, Sir". A submariner would not have referred to a submarine as a "ship", rather, he would have called her "the boat". See more »

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A moralistic McHale's Navy
25 July 2004 | by (Wyoming) – See all my reviews

Of course McHale's Navy didn't appear until over a decade after this movie was made, but there are elements of this movie that remind me of McHale's Navy...stealing supplies, crewmen horsing around. The attempts at comedy were largely unsuccessful however.

This movie involves the implementation of Commander Talbot's (Glenn Ford) vision of missiles being launched from submarines. And he, and his crew, go through major contortions (a la McHale's Navy style) to get this accomplished. Of course, while so occupied, romance intervenes. And the girl's (Viveca Lindfors) father is a major stumbling block. He is a pacifist who is strongly against the commander's efforts.

Although slow moving, this film is still quite watchable. The acting is fair and the story is reasonable. It is obviously pro-military and I'm sure heartily embraced by the Dept. of Defense. For the amount of money which appears to have been spent on this production...very little...it turned out fairly well.

Although this is not a war movie per se, fans of WW2 era material will probably enjoy this one. My vote: 6 out of 10.

This film is in my 16mm collection and is quite old with various splices which makes it difficult to do a decent technical analysis. Additionally 16mm films are generally limited to mono sound tracks and substandard sound fidelity. If this film is available on video or DVD, I am unaware of it.


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