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The Fighting Lady (1944)

The film follows the WWII exploits of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) (unidentified in the film), in its first major operations following its commissioning in 1943. ... See full summary »

Directors:

Edward Steichen (as Commander Edward J Steichen USNR), William Wyler (uncredited)

Writers:

John S. Martin (narration written by) (as John Stuart Martin), Eugene Ling (narration written by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Narrator (voice) (as Lieut Robert Taylor USNR)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Boyer ... Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)
Joseph J. Clark Joseph J. Clark ... Himself (as Jocko)
Dixie Kiefer Dixie Kiefer ... Himself (as Dixie)
G.E. Lowe G.E. Lowe ... Himself
John S. McCain John S. McCain ... Himself
John Meehan John Meehan ... Himself
E.T. Stover E.T. Stover ... Himself
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Storyline

The film follows the WWII exploits of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) (unidentified in the film), in its first major operations following its commissioning in 1943. The life of the crew is documented from July 1943 to June 1944, from its passage through the Panama Canal through assaults on Marcus, Kwajalein, Truk and Tinian Islands, and culminating with the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Spectacular 16mm Kodachrome footage of combat operations and naval aviation is prominent throughout. Written by scgary66

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Photographed in Zones of Combat by Men of U.S. Navy See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1945 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le combattant See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-10) is now a museum ship at Patriot's Point, near Charleston, South Carolina. The theater aboard ship is named in honor of Lt. E.T. "Smokey" Stover, one of the Naval Aviators featured in this film. He was lost in the attack on Truk on February 16, 1944. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [commenting on the Japanese pilots] These little monkeys are fancy fliers.
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Crazy Credits

Most of the credits appear as if they had been typed out on a teletype machine. See more »

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Features Home in Indiana (1944) See more »

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stirring documentary of action in the south pacific.
16 July 2002 | by bill-528See all my reviews

i saw this film as a child during world war 2 and it has stuck in my mind all these years. i remember the brilliant color and the aerial photography. i grew up in a texas town that had an army basic training post and the theater that day contained many, many basic trainees from camp wolters who cheered and clapped at the pro-american action. i can't believe this film isn't shown on the history channel and i further can't believe it isn't available to the american public.


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