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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
The final scenes of the movie abroad the badly damaged aircraft carrier commanded by Captain Scott (Gary Cooper) was based on the USS Franklin (CV-13) and the footage used in the film were clips of the Franklin being attacked, recovered, and steaming back in to her home port in Brooklyn, New York. See more »
When the captain goes to await the return of the planes that just attacked the Japanese fleet at Midway, the number "36" is shown painted on the forward end of the deck, which would make it the USS Antietam, which was not one of the US carriers at Midway. The USS Antietam was not launched until late 1944. See more »
Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan, always a good combination on the silver screen
In my opinion, the best movie ever made about the U.S. Navy in the Pacific conflict. With the pre-war black and white, and wartime, colored documentary footage adding that extra gloss to a fine film. Coop took on his role perfectly. Walter Brennan could never let you down whatever role he played. Bruce Bennet, always the reliable supporting actor. John Ridgley too. Stanley Ridges? Reliable as ever as a trouble maker. Moroni Olsen as a senior flag officer, as usual, eminence oozes out of him. And last but least, Wayne Morris; he must have felt at home in the movie, serving as he did as a carrier-based fighter pilot in the navy in the Pacific. Not being on sale in the U.K. video stores. Buyiing this video through Amazon.com was a MUST for me.
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