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The Eternal Sea (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 5 May 1955 (USA)
Rear Adm. John M. Hoskins (Sterling Hayden) fights to stay on after losing a leg on an aircraft carrier in World War II.

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Rear-Adm. John Madison Hoskins
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Sue Hoskins
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Seaman P.J. 'Zuggy' Zugbaum
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Vice-Adm. Thomas L. Semple
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Dorothy Buracker
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Capt. William Buracker
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Capt. Walter Riley
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Capt. Walter F. Rodee
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Lt. Johnson
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Vice-Adm. Arthur Dewey Struble
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Admiral L.D.
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Adm. William F. 'Bull' Halsey
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Biopic of Rear Adm. John M. Hoskins, U.S. Navy. During World War Two, U.S. Navy Capt. John Madison Hoskins returns home for a short leave after spending two years at sea. In 1942, he is given command of the USS Hornet (CV-8). Unfortunately, news reach him that the Hornet has recently been sunk by the Japanese. Without a ship, Hoskins is temporarily reassigned as an instructor at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. In 1944, Hoskins is finally sent to the front lines. He's given command of the USS Princeton (CVL-23) involved in the on-going Philippine campaign. When Hoskins arrives to replace the current Captain of the Princeton, as part of the routine rotation of skippers practiced by the Navy, he is told to assist the Princeton's Captain rather than take over command of the ship. The reason being that the Princeton's skipper, Capt. William Buracker, is already briefed on the on-going operation and it would take too much time for the Navy to bring Hoskins up to speed. However, Hoskins agrees ... Written by nufs68

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The real-life Naval Hero who defied disaster - to soar his jet to glory! See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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5 May 1955 (USA)  »

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Based on true events from the life of Vice Admiral John Madison Hoskins (October 22, 1898 - March 30, 1964). See more »

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The U.S. Navy requires that, unless you are on duty, you uncover upon entering a building and once uncovered you do not salute. Several times in this movie a salute was rendered by an uncovered sailor. See more »

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Great movie, very engaging.
19 August 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

For John H. Auer, a triumph.

A simple tale, yet profound.

Of a real person, facing challenges.

John Madison Hoskins, United States Navy, (1898-1964)

For Sterling Hayden, as John Hoskins, a wonderful performance, as in all his films.

Well supported by Alexis Smith as Mrs Hoskins.

Dean Jagger adds another role to his illustrious career, as Thomas L. Semple.

Ben Cooper as 'Zuggy' Zugbaum. Ben Cooper, never got the acclaim, for his various characterizations, I believe he deserved.

Various costars, Virginia Grey, Hayden Rorke, Douglas Kennedy and Willis Bouchey give good support.

Real naval personnel are portrayed.

Such as Arthur Dewey Struble.

And William F. 'Bull' Halsey.


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