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The Flying Missile (1950)

Fictional account of the role played by a somewhat impetuous US Naval commander in developing the first means of launching missiles from submarines.


Henry Levin




Cast overview:
Glenn Ford ... Cmdr. William A. Talbot
Viveca Lindfors ... Karin Hansen
Henry O'Neill ... RAdm. Thomas A. Scott
Carl Benton Reid ... Dr. Gates, USN
Joe Sawyer ... Quartermaster 'Fuss' Payne
John Qualen ... Lars Hansen
Anthony Ross ... Adm. Bradley
Harry Shannon ... Vice-Adm. Williams
Ross Ford ... Crewman Chuck Davis
Zachary Charles Zachary Charles ... Crewman Mack (as Zachary A. Charles)
Jerry Paris ... Crewman Andy Mason
Kenneth Tobey ... Crewman Pete McEvoy
Paul Harvey ... Gen. Benton, USA


Fictional account of the role played by a somewhat impetuous US Naval commander in developing the first means of launching missiles from submarines.

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The guided missiles are U.S. Navy's KGW-1 missiles, later redesignated LTV-N-2, developed from V-1 Buzz Bombs created by the Germans in WWII. They may have been used in the manner shown in the movie for Operation Downfall, the invasion of Japan to end WWII. See more »


At about 21 minutes in, an un-piloted F6F is taken off without an auxiliary belly fuel tank but it is shown in flight with one but, upon landing . . . no tank. See more »

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This submarine only has one speed - slow ahead!
24 October 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

I don't know about you, but I always found Glenn Ford a rather dull actor to watch. He wasn't bad, just unremarkable - and this maritime adventure sort of confirms that. He is a determined (bolshy) US Naval Commander who is convinced of the merits of launching missiles from submarines - despite scepticism from the upper echelons - and so sets out to coax, cajole and bulldoze his theories through. Viveca Lindfors "Karin" provides the love interest, and indirectly some of the conflict as her father is a devout pacifist. The end result is never in jeopardy and to a certain extent the film smacks of willy-waving at the Soviets in the immediate (1950) aftermath of WWII - with scant regard to fact. I tend to like submarine adventure films (usually because they are exciting and there is normally an absence of slushy love scenes) but this doesn't really satisfy either of my criteria and so whilst it's not rotten, it's almost as bad - it's bland.

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Release Date:

24 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flying Fish See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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