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Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)

Approved | | Drama, War | 16 December 1954 (Portugal)
A famous writer visits an aircraft carrier during the Korean war to learn more about it and the way it's run. He also gets to find out more about the Navy and Marine aviators themselves, their internal and external conflicts and dangers of their job.

Director:

Andrew Marton

Writers:

James A. Michener (story "The Forgotten Heroes of Korea"), Harry A. Burns (story "The Case of the Blind Pilot") (as Commander Harry A. Burns USN) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Johnson ... Lt. (jg) Howard Thayer
Walter Pidgeon ... Comdr. Kent Dowling
Louis Calhern ... James A. Michener
Dewey Martin ... Ensign Kenneth Schechter
Keenan Wynn ... Lt. Comdr. Ted Dodson
Frank Lovejoy ... Lt. Comdr. Paul Grayson
Robert Horton ... Ensign Neil Conovan
Bert Freed ... Lt. (jg) Andrew Szymanski
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Comdr. Michael Coughlin
George Cooper ... Cyril Roberts
Dick Simmons ... Lt. Wayne Kimbrell
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Storyline

A famous writer visits an aircraft carrier during the Korean war to learn more about it and the way it's run. He also gets to find out more about the Navy and Marine aviators themselves, their internal and external conflicts and dangers of their job.

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M-G-M presents the heroic story of what happened to the MEN OF THE FIGHTING LADY See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1954 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Panther Squadron See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

F9F Panther jets from US Navy squadron VF-192 were also used to film The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954). After the filming of these two movies, the squadron name was changed from "Golden Dragons" to "World Famous Golden Dragons". See more »

Goofs

All the gun camera footage of attacks on trains is from World War II. The design of the locomotives and the farmers fields are clearly European. See more »

Quotes

Comdr. Kent Dowling: [Narrating, talking about the assembled carrier pilots] They know there are no answers as to why they're here. They've been told that it's a "police action", which makes them cops. And others have told them that they're containing a blaze, which makes them firemen. All they know is they're buying time... now and then paying with a life.
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Featured in Midway (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (The Unfinished)
(uncredited)
Written by Franz Schubert
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Actual talk-down sequences, excellent acting
30 January 2012 | by jandjstuartSee all my reviews

A thirty-ish Van Johnson as Lt. Howard Thayer is excellent in his talk-talk scenes with the blinded pilot, his friend Ken. Johnson's character is confined in the fighter pilot's seat, encased in flight gear and helmet, with the actor having only his voice and facial expressions to convey his depth of concern. The flying sequences have been very positively reviewed by veterans on a fighter pilots information sharing website, Korean War veterans sharing website, and military movie catalog website; always noted to be realistic. Actors dialog in the talk-down scene was transcribed from the actual pilots radio transmissions, with very few exceptions (actual is posted online). Bombing scenes are actual, but not graphic compared to modern special effects scenes. Should not be disturbing to younger viewers. Not a celebration of war, this film deals with loss of pilots lives, it's effect on friends and family. Touching but not soapy or sorrowful. The film has variety of action, and keeps moving along well. Noted to be the best Korean War action film, and Carrier film ever produced.


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