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Valentine Davies (screenplay)
James A. Michener (novel)
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Release Date:
December 1954 (USA) See more »
The screen's explosively real drama of love and war! (US 1959 reissue) See more »
Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension. | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Holden ... Lt. Harry Brubaker

Grace Kelly ... Nancy Brubaker

Fredric March ... Rear Adm. George Tarrant

Mickey Rooney ... Mike Forney

Robert Strauss ... Beer Barrel

Charles McGraw ... Cmdr. Wayne Lee
Keiko Awaji ... Kimiko

Earl Holliman ... Nestor Gamidge
Richard Shannon ... Lt. (j.g.) Olds

Willis Bouchey ... Capt. Evans (as Willis B. Bouchey)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Aldrich ... Pilot (uncredited)

Corey Allen ... Enlisted Man (uncredited)
Bill Ash ... Spotter (uncredited)
Nadine Ashdown ... Cathy Brubaker (uncredited)
Marshall U. Beebe ... Pilot (uncredited)

Ray Boyle ... Marine Orderly (uncredited)
Cheryl Callaway ... Susie Brubaker (uncredited)
Steven Clark ... Pilot (uncredited)
James Connell ... Assistant L.S.O. (uncredited)
Jim Cronin ... Talker (uncredited)
Gene Hardy ... Chief Petty Officer Second Class (uncredited)
James Hyland ... Officer of the Day (uncredited)
James Jenkins ... Assistant C.I.C. Officer (uncredited)

Dickie Jones ... Pilot (uncredited)
Bob Kenaston ... Pilot (uncredited)
Robert Kino ... Bartender (uncredited)

Paul Kruger ... Capt. Parker (uncredited)
Burt Metcalfe ... Military Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Officer Seated at Club (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Extra (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Dick Morris ... Pilot (uncredited)
Leo Needham ... Pilot (uncredited)
Roger Pace ... Pilot (uncredited)
Paul Raymond ... Spotter (uncredited)
Gene Reynolds ... C.I.C. Officer (uncredited)
Jack Roberts ... Quartermaster (uncredited)
Robert A. Sherry ... Flight Surgeon (uncredited)
Teru Shimada ... Japanese Father (uncredited)

Charles Tannen ... Military Police Major (uncredited)
Bob Templeton ... Military Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Dennis Weaver ... Air Intelligence Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Robson 
Writing credits
Valentine Davies (screenplay)

James A. Michener (novel)

Produced by
William Perlberg .... producer
George Seaton .... producer
Original Music by
Lyn Murray (music score)
Cinematography by
Loyal Griggs (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alma Macrorie 
Art Direction by
Henry Bumstead 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
William Mull .... production manager (uncredited)
Charles Woolstenhulme .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francisco Day .... assistant director
Richard Caffey .... second assistant director (uncredited)
James A. Rosenberger .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Howard Beals .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bud Fehlman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Carl Mahakian .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
W. Wallace Kelley .... process photography (as Wallace Kelley)
Paul K. Lerpae .... optical cinematography (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles G. Clarke .... aerial photography
W. Wallace Kelley .... second unit photography (as Wallace Kelley)
Tom Tutwiler .... second unit photography (as Thomas Tutwiler)
Charles G. Clarke .... additional photography (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Murray Young .... key grip (uncredited)
Other crew
Marshall U. Beebe .... technical advisor (as Commander Marshall U. Beebe U.S.N.)
Arthur Jacobson .... assistant to the producers
Richard Mueller .... Technicolor color consultant
Frank Coghlan Jr. .... naval liaison (uncredited)
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1987) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17070) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

F9F Panther jets from US Navy squadron VF-192 were also used to film Men of the Fighting Lady (1954). After the filming of these two movies, the squadron name was changed from "Golden Dragons" to "World Famous Golden Dragons".See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In one of the scenes showing March and Holden talking in the Admiral's quarters, the camera frames a little too high and some sort of equipment is seen bobbing up and down above the top of the set.See more »
[last lines]
RAdm. George Tarrant:Where do we get such men? They leave this ship and they do their job. Then they must find this speck lost somewhere pn the sea. When the find it they have to land on it's pitching deck. Where do we get such men?
Man on loudspeaker:Launch jets!
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46 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Superb film, 22 March 2005
Author: DrHypersonic from United States

This is a truly superb film on any number of grounds. First, and generally unknown, it is based on a real incident, the so called "Battle of Carlson's Canyon" which was waged early in the Korean War in an attempt to interdict North Korean supplies on their way to the front. James Michener had gone out to the carrier ESSEX (CV-9) and had been very impressed with the men of VF-172, a Banshee fighter squadron. The book is astonishingly realistic...if one compares what he wrote as a novel with the contemporary Navy strike reports (which were then highly classified), it is amazing how much he got "right." It is also a good look at carrier aviation in the last days of the "straight-deck" carrier with hydraulic catapults and a paddle-waving landing deck officer...all that disappeared after Korea with the introduction of the angled deck, the steam catapult, and the Fresnel-lens mirror landing system. The book is in my view the finest air war novel ever written, bar none, and the movie is the same for the film genre. Incidentally, when made into a film, Grumman Panthers were used in place of Banshees, and one of the pilots who flew in the making of the film was a very young Lt. j.g. named Alan Shepherd--later one of the Mercury and Apollo astronauts. Not to be missed!!!

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