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Flat Top (1952)

Approved | | Drama, War | 26 October 1952 (USA)
During the Korean War, aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, Navy Commander Dan Collier reminisces about his first assignment on the same aircraft carrier in the war against Japan.

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Cmdr. Dan Collier
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Lt. (j.g.) Joe Rodgers
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Red Kelley (as Bill Phipps)
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Todd Karns ...
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Dorothy Collier
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Willie
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Group Commander Dan Collier, on an aircraft carrier in Korean waters during the Korean War, starts to think back to the rough days of the air-war against Japan during World War II, when he was in the same squadron. In flashbacks, he recalls the arrival of the squadron, led by Executive Officer Joe Rodgers, and the campaigns in which the squadron participated and its desperate fight for survival prior to the climax of the war. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Bombshell story of the Navy's Hell-Divers ... scorching the Pacific skies !

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Aguilas de la armada  »

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'The Los Angeles Times' announced in July 1951 that this movie was going to be filmed in Canada. The picture did not end up shooting in Canada. See more »

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When Ensign Barney Smith comes aboard, he is flying an AD-1 Skyraider. This aircraft only first saw military action in Korea and was not a part of the military aircraft of WWII. See more »

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Referenced in Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen: Censored (1996) See more »

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Big Budget from Monogram, who'd have thunk it?
13 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Flat Top is a run of the mill war film with an old plot device about a conflict between the group captain and the executive officer on how to command. But considering this came from Monogram Pictures which was transitioning to Allied Artists, for what product normally came from that studio this could have been Gone With The Wind.

Monogram even sprung for color and utilized some real combat footage from the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The stars are Sterling Hayden and Richard Carlson as the skipper and his number 2. It's the usual story, the tough new skipper and the executive officer who is loved by the men under him. Both these guys and the cast beneath fill their roles out well.

Giving as a high a rating as I do for a Monogram Picture believe me it's worth your while to give this one a look.


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