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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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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Taglines:

TORN OUT OF A TORTURED SKY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

According to contemporary articles in The Hollywood Reporter, this film was shot aboard two World War II-era carriers: the U.S.S. Oriskany (CV-34) in the Pacific ocean off San Francisco, and the U.S.S. Princeton (CV-37) at San Diego. However, the real carrier that was and is nicknamed "The Fighting Lady" is the U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-10) - since 1975 a museum ship at Charleston, South Carolina. At the time of this film, the Yorktown had been mothballed at Bremerton, Washington. See the WWII documentary of the ship: The Fighting Lady (1944). See more »

Goofs

During the emergency landing sequence, when the plane is shown landing and being stopped by the barrier, the nose gear collapses and the nose cone crumples. In the next shot, the plane is still in the barrier, but the nose gear is extended and the nose cone is not crumpled. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Howard Thayer: It's not what you say, Ken, it's what you do.
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Connections

Featured in Midway (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
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Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
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It's not what a man says; it is what he does.
23 May 2003 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

An average war action film about Navy pilots on a U.S. aircraft carrier during the Korean War. A very good cast that barely gains full throttle. The players include: Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon, Frank Lovejoy, Keenan Wynn, Robert Horton, and Louis Calhern. And a cameo by six year old Jerry Mathers. A couple of tense scenes during this 79 minute film; but nothing real outstanding.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1954 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Men of the Fighting Lady See more »

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Budget:

$829,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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