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This Man's Navy (1945)

Ned Trumpet, the chief pilot of a Navy blimp, is given to weaving accounts of the fighting prowess of his non-existent son. His friendship with widow Maude Weaver and her son Jess in effect sets him up with a real family.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Borden Chase (story and screenplay), Herman E. Halland (idea) (as Commander Herman E. Halland U.S. Navy Ret.)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Wallace Beery ... Ned Trumpet
Tom Drake ... Jess Weaver
James Gleason ... Jimmy Shannon
Jan Clayton ... Cathey Cortland
Selena Royle ... Maude Weaver
Noah Beery ... Joe Hodum (as Noah Beery Sr.)
Henry O'Neill ... Lt. Cmdr. Roger Graystone
Steve Brodie ... Timothy Joseph Aloysius 'Tim' Shannon
George Chandler ... Bert Bland
Donald Curtis ... Operations Officer
Arthur Walsh Arthur Walsh ... Cadet Rayshek
Will Fowler Will Fowler ... David
Frank Fenton ... Captain Grant
Paul Cavanagh ... Sir Anthony Tivall
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Sparks (as Richard Crockett)
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Ned Trumpet, the chief pilot of a Navy blimp, is given to weaving accounts of the fighting prowess of his non-existent son. His friendship with widow Maude Weaver and her son Jess in effect sets him up with a real family.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lighter Than Air See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The aircraft depicted as landing on fire, bringing in Tivall, is a Beech SNB-1 "Kansan", a naval version of the model 18, serial no. 51064, built in 1943. It was converted to a SNB-5 c.1953. It was sold in 1966 and registered as N90251 and scrapped in 1971. Over 9,000 model 18s were built from 1937 to 1970, with over half being military versions. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, when the dirigible is landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, the starboard engine is not running. After landing and mooring, Ned gets off the ship and the starboard engine is running. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The War: The Ghost Front: December 1944 - March 1945 (2007) See more »

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Great William A. Wellman Film
26 December 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This film was very enjoyable because it deals with Naval Blimps and shows how they are launched and the methods used to secure them to the ground. Wallace Beery, (Ned Trumpet) plays the role of a Chief Petty Officer with plenty of service along with James Gleason who is his co-pilot. There is plenty of action with Japanese Planes attacking the blimp and also comedy and romance. Jan Clayton, (Dorothy Cortland) is introduced to Tom Drake, (Jese Weaver) which was arranged by Ned Trumpet who wanted his adopted son to meet an attractive young gal. Ned Trumpet had a bad habit of telling so many lies that all his friends were doubtful about anything he said. Wallace Berry & James Gleason both gave an outstanding performance and made this into a great film to watch and enjoy. William A Wellman the director was one of the first director's who was able to create classic airplane films dealing with actual stunt-men flying the planes. Enjoy.


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