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Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)

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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 army aviators themselves, their internal and external conflicts and dangers of their job.

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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
Dick Simmons ...
Lt. Wayne Kimbrell
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Storyline

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 army aviators themselves, their internal and external conflicts and dangers of their job.

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TORN OUT OF A TORTURED SKY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | War

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16 December 1954 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

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

F9F Panther jets from US Navy squadron VF-192 were also used to film The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954). After the filming of these two movies, the squadron name was changed from "Golden Dragons" to "World Famous Golden Dragons". 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

Lt. Comdr. Ted Dodson: [Talking to Lt. Cmdr. Grayson] There are no heroes this time. And no Ernie Pyles to write about 'em. This isn't a war. Haven't you heard? It's a 'police action'. And nobody back home wants to read about it.
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Good photorealistic movie
15 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

One look at the opening of this movie lets you know thta is not the work of MGM boss Louis B Mayer but his replacement Dore Schary whose job was to cut costs and make profits which MGM had stopped doing, leading in grosses but last in profits. Schary brought his penchant for reality with him starting with Battleground and once more here again. The star of the first is the star of the latter and by that I mean Van Johnson. This movie is about the Korean war which in the movie is referred to as a police action because an official war was never declared. True story taken from the Saturday Evening Post tells the tale of bomber planes on a Naval tanker during the war. It is very matter of fact with little plot but the lives of the men and their difficulty destroying a rail track that just seems to get rebuilt every time. Walter Pidgeon provides good support as the commander and everyone else is just fine and a thirty minute rescue scene is so impressive, it makes you wonder if this people had not been watching the Europen movies; the droll delivery, the spacial pacing, the voice over that is a third character, the actual footage of attacks because any attack or firing is actual footage. Fine movie all around that needs to be seen by more.


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