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Task Force (1949)

Approved | | Drama, War | 31 March 1950 (Finland)
As he is retiring, Jonathon Scott reminisces about his long Navy career and the development of the role of the aircraft carrier from the early 20s.

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Delmer Daves

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Delmer Daves
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Jonathan L. Scott
Jane Wyatt ... Mary Morgan
Wayne Morris ... McKinney
Walter Brennan ... Pete Richard
Julie London ... Barbara McKinney
Bruce Bennett ... McCluskey
Jack Holt ... Captain Reeves
Stanley Ridges ... Sen. Bentley
John Ridgely ... Dixie Rankin
Richard Rober ... Lt. Jack Southern
Art Baker ... Sen. Vincent
Moroni Olsen ... Adm. Ames
Ray Montgomery ... Pilot
Harlan Warde ... Timmy Kissell
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Storyline

On the day of his retirement, Rear Admiral Jonathan L. Scott reflects on his role in introducing aircraft carriers to the U.S. Navy. After World War I, there was a general downsizing of the military. There were only limited opportunities to create a carrier-bound air capability. The aircraft were not designed specifically for landing on a flat top and several death occur during training. Over the years however, Scott is one of several men who pursue their dream of aircraft carriers and aircraft specifically designed for that purpose. Their worth is proved in World War II at the Battle of Midway and throughout the war. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1950 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Horizon in Flames See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (some sequences)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Wayne Morris who portrayed Lt.McKinney was the only actor in the cast who had actual combat experience as a carrier pilot in WWII . As a fighter pilot, Morris shot down seven enemy planes and contributed to the sinking of five enemy ships. He was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals. He was the only combat "ace" of all the Hollywood actors who went to war. See more »

Goofs

At one point, as he's narrating the story, Capt. Scott says it's May 31. In the next sentence, however, he says that they are going to strike Okinawa on April 1, April Fool's Day as he points out. The Battle of Okinawa started on April 1. See more »

Quotes

Mary Morgan: Beer, dear?
Jonathan L. Scott: Thanks, Mata Hari.
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References A Farewell to Arms (1932) See more »

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Breezin' Along With the Breeze
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Seymour Simons and Haven Gillespie
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Typical bloodless war movie, but great.
28 August 2004 | by autryldSee all my reviews

I thought I saw all of Gary Cooper's war movies, but I just caught this one today on TMC. As others have stated, Brennan and Cooper are a great pair and they were a very good pair in this movie. Except for the typical lack of bloody wounds (in forties war movies), it was impressive that the dramatic detail in this movie was more accurate than usual for this genre. The movie did a great job depicting the interaction in the CIC (combat information center) and elsewhere on the ships. However unusual it seemed, transitioning from black and white to color to show plot transition (The Wizard of Oz notwithstanding) was effective for me. Deep down, I think it might have been a way to sneak in color war footage. As I am also a Jane Wyatt (Spock's mother) fan, she was great as Scott's (Gary Cooper's character) wife. Although it did seem to be a bit incongruous that she dressed as well as she did considering her situation. (Sorry, you'll have to see the movie.) Summary: Whether or not you've seen Midway, see Task Force.


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