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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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Taglines:

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

After Van Johnson brings in a blind pilot and lands safely on the carrier, he mutters "I should have found a home in the Army". In Battleground (1949), he mutters "I found a home in the Army". See more »

Goofs

Frank Lovejoy's bail out scene includes an inset of what appears to be a F-94, a later development of the F 80, being shown in a ejection seat test. 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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Connections

Featured in The Hunt for Red October (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (The Unfinished)
(uncredited)
Written by Franz Schubert
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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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