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Task Force (1949)

Approved | | Drama, War | 10 February 1950 (Mexico)
As he is retiring, Jonathon Scott reminisces about his long Navy career and the development of the role of the aircraft carrier from the early 20s.

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Delmer Daves

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Delmer Daves
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Jonathan L. Scott
Jane Wyatt ... Mary Morgan
Wayne Morris ... McKinney
Walter Brennan ... Pete Richard
Julie London ... Barbara McKinney
Bruce Bennett ... McCluskey
Jack Holt ... Captain Reeves
Stanley Ridges ... Sen. Bentley
John Ridgely ... Dixie Rankin
Richard Rober ... Lt. Jack Southern
Art Baker ... Sen. Vincent
Moroni Olsen ... Adm. Ames
Ray Montgomery ... Pilot
Harlan Warde ... Timmy Kissell
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On the day of his retirement, Rear Admiral Jonathan L. Scott reflects on his role in introducing aircraft carriers to the U.S. Navy. After World War I, there was a general downsizing of the military. There were only limited opportunities to create a carrier-bound air capability. The aircraft were not designed specifically for landing on a flat top and several death occur during training. Over the years however, Scott is one of several men who pursue their dream of aircraft carriers and aircraft specifically designed for that purpose. Their worth is proved in World War II at the Battle of Midway and throughout the war. Written by garykmcd

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Wayne Morris who portrayed Lt.McKinney was the only actor in the cast who had actual combat experience as a carrier pilot in WWII . As a fighter pilot, Morris shot down seven enemy planes and contributed to the sinking of five enemy ships. He was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals. He was the only combat "ace" of all the Hollywood actors who went to war. See more »

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What has been described as not being possible, the USS Franklin, which was damaged in the Pacific, was in fact brought back to New York to have major repairs done in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Emergency repairs were done in Hawaii before the transit to New York. She had to steam to the east coast of the United States for repairs in New York because all of the repair shipyards on the U.S. west coast were heavily overloaded with American warships that had been damaged by Japanese kamikazes. See more »

Quotes

Pete Richard: The disarmament conference is over. They've sunk the fleet. The Missouri, the South Dakota, the Maine, the Virginia, Nebraska Georgia. 30 capital ships. More ships sunk with the stroke of a pen than have been sunk in our entire history.
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Soundtracks

Tea for Two
(uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Played when Cmdr. Richard introduces Lt. Scott to the Admiral and his wife
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Typical bloodless war movie, but great.
28 August 2004 | by autryldSee all my reviews

I thought I saw all of Gary Cooper's war movies, but I just caught this one today on TMC. As others have stated, Brennan and Cooper are a great pair and they were a very good pair in this movie. Except for the typical lack of bloody wounds (in forties war movies), it was impressive that the dramatic detail in this movie was more accurate than usual for this genre. The movie did a great job depicting the interaction in the CIC (combat information center) and elsewhere on the ships. However unusual it seemed, transitioning from black and white to color to show plot transition (The Wizard of Oz notwithstanding) was effective for me. Deep down, I think it might have been a way to sneak in color war footage. As I am also a Jane Wyatt (Spock's mother) fan, she was great as Scott's (Gary Cooper's character) wife. Although it did seem to be a bit incongruous that she dressed as well as she did considering her situation. (Sorry, you'll have to see the movie.) Summary: Whether or not you've seen Midway, see Task Force.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1950 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Horizon in Flames See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor) (some sequences)| Black and White

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1.37 : 1
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