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Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)

Approved | | Drama, War | 16 December 1954 (Portugal)
A famous writer visits an aircraft carrier during the Korean war to learn more about it and the way it's run. He also gets to find out more about the Navy and Marine aviators themselves, their internal and external conflicts and dangers of their job.

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(story "The Forgotten Heroes of Korea"), (story "The Case of the Blind Pilot") (as Commander Harry A. Burns USN) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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Lt. (jg) Howard Thayer
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Comdr. Kent Dowling
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James A. Michener
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Ensign Kenneth Schechter
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Lt. Comdr. Ted Dodson
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Lt. Comdr. Paul Grayson
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Ensign Neil Conovan
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Lt. (jg) Andrew Szymanski
Lewis Martin ...
Comdr. Michael Coughlin
George Cooper ...
Cyril Roberts
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Lt. Wayne Kimbrell
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A famous writer visits an aircraft carrier during the Korean war to learn more about it and the way it's run. He also gets to find out more about the Navy and Marine aviators themselves, their internal and external conflicts and dangers of their job.

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M-G-M presents the heroic story of what happened to the MEN OF THE FIGHTING LADY See more »

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Drama | War

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Approved | See all certifications »
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16 December 1954 (Portugal)  »

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Panther Squadron  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Anscocolor)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Keenan Wynn's character is killed in a crash landing on the carrier, the footage is the actual accident of a F9F during one of its early test flights. On June 23, 1951, pilot George Duncan hit an air pocket just before landing on the USS Midway. The pocket dropped the plane but he managed to keep the nose up at the time of impact, severing the plane and expelling the plane's cockpit onto the carrier deck as a fireball erupted behind him. Except for burning his ears, Duncan survived the crash. See more »

Goofs

The number of the carrier changes during landing operations from 34 to 43 from time to time in the movie. It is visible during take-offs and landings. See more »

Quotes

Comdr. Kent Dowling: [Narrating, talking about the assembled carrier pilots] They know there are no answers as to why they're here. They've been told that it's a "police action", which makes them cops. And others have told them that they're containing a blaze, which makes them firemen. All they know is they're buying time... now and then paying with a life.
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Featured in The Hunt for Red October (1990) See more »

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Silent Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
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Starring the F9F Panther
22 June 2004 | by (Phoenix, Arizona) – See all my reviews

The real stars of this movie are the beautiful Grumman F9F Panther jets that we get to see launching from and landing on the carrier. The plot is mildly interesting, but nothing special. It is based on a story written by James Michener for the Saturday Evening Post. "The Bridges At Toko Ri" which was released the following year starring William Holden, Grace Kelly and Mickey Rooney is a more compelling story of carrier jet pilots in Korea, but Men of the Fighting Lady has better footage of the planes themselves. This movie does help you appreciate the very real dangers faced by pilots landing jets on pitching carrier decks. As the admiral in The Bridges at Toko Ri put it, "Where do we get such men?"


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