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Task Force (1949)

Approved | | Drama, War | 31 March 1950 (Finland)
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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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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1950 (Finland) 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

From the hull number on the bow during Scott's retirement and another shot later on, it would appear that much of the shipboard filming was done aboard USS Antietam (CV-36). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mary Morgan: Beer, dear?
Jonathan L. Scott: Thanks, Mata Hari.
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Connections

Referenced in White Heat (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1840)
Lyrics by Charles Wesley (1730)
Sung by a chorus
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very good story about the development of U.S. Naval aviation.
9 August 2003 | by dfleshmanSee all my reviews

Gary Cooper does an excellent job playing a Gary Cooper-type character. This is one of the better WWII movies to come out of the 1940s era. Jane Wyatt and Walter Brennen also do a good job. Somehow, this film always gets a lower rating than it deserves. It is somewhat dated by today's standards but gives good background of naval aviation with some very good live action combat film footage. For another good 1940s era WWII action movie with lots of good gun camera shots, see "Fighter Squadron" with Edmund O'Brien and Robert Stack.


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