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This Man's Navy (1945)

Ned Trumpet, the chief pilot of a Navy blimp, is given to weaving accounts of the fighting prowess of his non-existent son. His friendship with widow Maude Weaver and her son Jess in effect sets him up with a real family.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Borden Chase (story and screenplay), Herman E. Halland (idea) (as Commander Herman E. Halland U.S. Navy Ret.)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Wallace Beery ... Ned Trumpet
Tom Drake ... Jess Weaver
James Gleason ... Jimmy Shannon
Jan Clayton ... Cathey Cortland
Selena Royle ... Maude Weaver
Noah Beery ... Joe Hodum (as Noah Beery Sr.)
Henry O'Neill ... Lt. Cmdr. Roger Graystone
Steve Brodie ... Timothy Joseph Aloysius 'Tim' Shannon
George Chandler ... Bert Bland
Donald Curtis ... Operations Officer
Arthur Walsh Arthur Walsh ... Cadet Rayshek
Will Fowler Will Fowler ... David
Frank Fenton ... Captain Grant
Paul Cavanagh ... Sir Anthony Tivall
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Sparks (as Richard Crockett)
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Ned Trumpet, the chief pilot of a Navy blimp, is given to weaving accounts of the fighting prowess of his non-existent son. His friendship with widow Maude Weaver and her son Jess in effect sets him up with a real family.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Air Ship Squadron No. 4 See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The blimps featured in this film were the K-class, designated ZNP-K by the U.S. Navy. Goodyear built 134 for the Navy for patrol and anti-submarine warfare use from 1938 to 1945. The last one was retired in 1959. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, when the dirigible is landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, the starboard engine is not running. After landing and mooring, Ned gets off the ship and the starboard engine is running. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The War: The Ghost Front: December 1944 - March 1945 (2007) See more »

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The Best movie made about Navy Blimps!
3 April 1999 | by Ford-8See all my reviews

Of all the movies I have seen, and that's most of them, this is by far the best one made that is primarily about the U.S. Naval Airships (Blimps) during the WW-II era. Yes there are other good LTA related movies, but most use special effects more than any real-time shots. This Man's Navy has considerably more real-time footage of blimps etc. True, lots of corny dialog but that's what makes more interesting Hollywood movies, even today. P.S. I spent 10 years(out of 20) and have over 5,000 hours in Navy Airships of all types, from 1949 through 1959. Proud member of the Naval Airship Association etc. [ATC(LA/AC) USN Retired]


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