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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.


Andrew Marton


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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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


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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M-G-M presents the heroic story of what happened to the MEN OF THE FIGHTING LADY See more »


Drama | War


Approved | See all certifications »






Release Date:

16 December 1954 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Panther Squadron See more »


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed aboard the CV-34, U.S.S. Oriskany. See more »


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 »


Lt. Comdr. Ted Dodson: Taking chances, Howie, isn't heroic. It's foolish. Play it safe. Look out for number one. Nobody else will.
Lt. Howard Thayer: [sarcastically] Is that how you won your Navy Cross?
Lt. Comdr. Ted Dodson: That's why I'm still around to wear it.
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Good photorealistic movie
15 June 2004 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

One look at the opening of this movie lets you know thta is not the work of MGM boss Louis B Mayer but his replacement Dore Schary whose job was to cut costs and make profits which MGM had stopped doing, leading in grosses but last in profits. Schary brought his penchant for reality with him starting with Battleground and once more here again. The star of the first is the star of the latter and by that I mean Van Johnson. This movie is about the Korean war which in the movie is referred to as a police action because an official war was never declared. True story taken from the Saturday Evening Post tells the tale of bomber planes on a Naval tanker during the war. It is very matter of fact with little plot but the lives of the men and their difficulty destroying a rail track that just seems to get rebuilt every time. Walter Pidgeon provides good support as the commander and everyone else is just fine and a thirty minute rescue scene is so impressive, it makes you wonder if this people had not been watching the Europen movies; the droll delivery, the spacial pacing, the voice over that is a third character, the actual footage of attacks because any attack or firing is actual footage. Fine movie all around that needs to be seen by more.

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