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Battle Stations (1956)

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The crew of a U.S. Navy ship in World War II goes into battle against the Japanese fleet.



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Cast overview:
Father Joseph McIntyre
Buck Fitzpatrick
Keefe Brasselle ...
Chris Jordan
The Captain
William Leslie ...
Ens. Pete Kelly
Cmdr. James Matthews
Jimmy Lydon ...
Squawk Hewitt (as James Lydon)
Marty Brennan
George O'Hanlon ...
Patrick Mosher
Eddie Foy III ...
Tom Short


A rebuilt WWII carrier sails back to the Pacific theater to rejoin the war in early 1945, a carrier the Japanese think they sank. So if she shows up again, they will go after her with a vengeance. And they do, nearly destroying her again, ending that mission for her, but she is able to limp back to the states. The captain is tough, he knows the added risk for his ship, but shows he also has a heart by not relieving a pilot of flight duty, one who committed a serious mistake by not taking a wave-off as instructed. Lot of action shots, many appearing to be actual war footage. The usual character sub-stories. Partly plays like a documentary about the navy, and the carrier in particular. Maybe a bit of a recruiting film also. Written by RALANC1@GMAIL.COM

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February 1956 (USA)  »

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Batismo de Fogo  »

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When Buck Fitzpatrick, (William Bendix), is reporting to the Captain, (Richard Boone), after one of the drills, he asks about Captain Bligh and if there is a ship in the U.S. Navy called "Bounty". The Captain states that Bligh was a fictional character. Captain Bligh was actually a Captain of the H.M.S. "bounty" in the British Royal Navy whose crew mutinied in 1789. He managed to survive being cast adrift and later became Governor of New South Wales in Australia. See more »

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Great war flick. It should be re-released, on tape and DVD.
29 June 2003 | by (Detroit, MI) – See all my reviews

Although I'm dating myself, I saw this in its original release. At the time, I was familiar with the WWII stories of the USS Franklin and the USS Bunker Hill. The dive bomb and kamikaze attacks on those two Essx class carriers provide much of the plot of this film, as well as some of the film footage. The film shows once again that ordinary men, of that time at least, had undreamed of reserves of valor with which to face otherwise overwhelming horror. If you chance to see this title in a flea market, grab it.

"Victory At Sea" devotes some time to the Franklin's saga and Gary Cooper's "Task Force" incorporates part of the story, as well.

Richard Boone, then playing TV's Dr. Conrad Styner on "Medic", William Bendix, of "The Babe Ruth Story" and his own TV series and a young Claude Aikens provided a human thread through the story.

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