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Battle Stations (1956)

Approved | | Drama, War | February 1956 (USA)
The crew of a U.S. Navy ship in World War II goes into battle against the Japanese fleet.


Lewis Seiler


Crane Wilbur (screen play), Ben Finney (story)


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Cast overview:
John Lund ... Father Joseph McIntyre
William Bendix ... Buck Fitzpatrick
Keefe Brasselle ... Chris Jordan
Richard Boone ... The Captain
William Leslie ... Ens. Pete Kelly
John Craven ... Cmdr. James Matthews
Jimmy Lydon ... Squawk Hewitt (as James Lydon)
Claude Akins ... Marty Brennan
George O'Hanlon ... Patrick Mosher
Eddie Foy III ... Tom Short


A rebuilt WWII carrier sails back to the Pacific theater to rejoin the war in early 1945, a carrier the Japanese think they sank. So if she shows up again, they will go after her with a vengeance. And they do, nearly destroying her again, ending that mission for her, but she is able to limp back to the states. The captain is tough, he knows the added risk for his ship, but shows he also has a heart by not relieving a pilot of flight duty, one who committed a serious mistake by not taking a wave-off as instructed. Lot of action shots, many appearing to be actual war footage. The usual character sub-stories. Partly plays like a documentary about the navy, and the carrier in particular. Maybe a bit of a recruiting film also. Written by RALANC1@GMAIL.COM

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The Battle Cry of the Flat-Tops!


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Release Date:

February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batismo de Fogo See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the film the ship's captain incorrectly informs the bosun that the English Royal Navy ship 'The Bounty' and it's captain 'William Bligh' are a work of fiction. This will come as a surprise to the Pitcairn islanders, as they are directly descended from the mutineers of The Bounty. See more »


When Seaman Golder is addressing Chief Bosun's Mate Fitzpatrick about the stowaway dog, he says "Please Sir, don't make me give him up". A Chief Bosun's Mate is a Senior Enlisted Man, and would never be addressed as "Sir", which is reserved to Officers. He would be addressed as "Chief" or "Boats".

Buck Fitzpatrick is a "Chief Warrant Officer and not a Chief Petty Officer and as such "is" addressed as "Sir" and not Chief. See more »

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Great WW2 naval war flick.
15 April 2009 | by reeshg4See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie when it first came out. I was just a teenager then. Great story,great cast! I have always liked William Bendix. He did a great job acting as a CPO in the movie.(Hollywood must have thought so too! He played in two other movies as a CPO: Submarine Command with William Holden and Deep Six with Alan Ladd.)Liked Battle Stations so much, I sat through it twice! As I grew older and studied WW2 history,I learned this movie had been about the USS Franklin CV13. I have always wondered why the movie was never shown again or put out on VHS or DVD. Of all the movies that have been put out on DVD,This is one that certainly should have made it. I would like to see it on DVD. I would certainly go out and buy it!

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