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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed aboard the CV-34, U.S.S. Oriskany. 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

Comdr. Kent Dowling: [Greeting visiting author James Michener] You know, until I read your book "Tales of the South Pacific", I didn't know what a wonderful time I had in World War Two.
James A. Michener: Neither did I until Rodgers and Hammerstein set it to music.
Comdr. Kent Dowling: Why didn't you stop while you were ahead? Even Shakespeare couldn't make this dirty little war romantic.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Silent Night
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
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Starring the F9F Panther
22 June 2004 | by BCL1See all my reviews

The real stars of this movie are the beautiful Grumman F9F Panther jets that we get to see launching from and landing on the carrier. The plot is mildly interesting, but nothing special. It is based on a story written by James Michener for the Saturday Evening Post. "The Bridges At Toko Ri" which was released the following year starring William Holden, Grace Kelly and Mickey Rooney is a more compelling story of carrier jet pilots in Korea, but Men of the Fighting Lady has better footage of the planes themselves. This movie does help you appreciate the very real dangers faced by pilots landing jets on pitching carrier decks. As the admiral in The Bridges at Toko Ri put it, "Where do we get such men?"


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