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Flat Top (1952)

Approved | | Drama, War | 26 October 1952 (USA)
During the Korean War, aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, Navy Commander Dan Collier reminisces about his first assignment on the same aircraft carrier in the war against Japan.

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writer:

Steve Fisher
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sterling Hayden ... Cmdr. Dan Collier
Richard Carlson ... Lt. (j.g.) Joe Rodgers
William Phipps ... Red Kelley (as Bill Phipps)
John Bromfield ... Ens. Snakehips McKay
Keith Larsen ... Ens. Barney Smith / Barney Oldfield
William Schallert ... Ens. Longfellow
Todd Karns ... Judge
Phyllis Coates ... Dorothy Collier
Dave Willock ... Willie
Walter Coy ... Air Group Commander
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Storyline

Group Commander Dan Collier, on an aircraft carrier in Korean waters during the Korean War, starts to think back to the rough days of the air-war against Japan during World War II, when he was in the same squadron. In flashbacks, he recalls the arrival of the squadron, led by Executive Officer Joe Rodgers, and the campaigns in which the squadron participated and its desperate fight for survival prior to the climax of the war. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aguilas de la armada See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (archive footage)| Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Editing. See more »

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Footage of F4U Corsairs and F6F Wildcats are used interchangeably throughout the film. For example when Kelly crashes the first shot is of a Corsair, then when it hits the flight deck its an F6. Then when they remove him from the wreckage its an F4 again. See more »

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Flat Movie
12 October 2005 | by NewInMunichSee all my reviews

This is a rather run-of-the-mill War movie on board an American flat top in the Pacific against the Japs. Definitely not in the class of "A wing and a prayer" or "Tora, Tora, Tora" and, without much background footage, even not up to the mediocre Midway. Education under fire with an as always impressing Sterling Hayden, not much else. Definitely a B-Movie under war movies issued during this area. Consumer commodity stuff not, if you want action, look at the above mentioned movies, if you want it along with history, choose Victory at Sea. Five out of Ten at best for the dogfight at the very end. Actually difficult to crunch out ten lines for this, isn't it.


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