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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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Cole
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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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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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The poster on IMDb hardly represents the actual movie.
2 December 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If a person looked to the movie poster to show them what the movie would be about, the one for "The Eternal Sea" would seriously mislead them. After all, you see the Rear Admiral (Sterling Hayden) locked in the arms of his wife (Alexis Smith). However, this movie isn't really a romance and the scene has little to do with this film.

Instead of a romance, the film is about a career naval officer-- specifically from WWII until 1955. When the film starts, Captain Hoskins (Hayden) is desk-bound and longing to be back in command of a ship since the war is raging. However, when he finally gets a ship after years of waiting, he's severely injured even before he can take actual command of the ship...losing his lower leg in the process. But Hoskins was determined not to be retired and fought the Navy to remain on active duty. But the war ends and so far the film has given the audience little to understand why they made a movie about the guy. His post-WWII career turned out to be far more eventful as he championed jet aircraft on aircraft carriers and took the US fleet into the Korean War.

Overall, this is a mildly interesting lower-budgeted bio-pic. Nothing great, nothing bad about the film...just a decent military film with only a reasonable amount of stock footage (a big plus).


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