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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

Certificate:

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

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 the beginning, as Scott leaves his ship, he boards the transport boat on its starboard side, in an area which is separated physically from port. Yet an instant later, when the POV switches to the transport looking back toward the ship, he's now on the port side. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan L. Scott: Turn that record over.
McCluskey: You can't get a girl out of your mind by turning a record over.
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Connections

References A Farewell to Arms (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Tea for Two
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Music by Vincent Youmans
Played when Cmdr. Richard introduces Lt. Scott to the Admiral and his wife
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Beam me up Scottie
10 April 2006 | by VicTheDaddySee all my reviews

I have just watched this on TCM,and thought it was a very good film.It was a lot more realistic than most 1940s war films,and i was convinced that they were using real archive footage,which was the reason why the film suddenly changes to colour.I thought this was a great idea as special effects back then couldn't have shown the effects of mass destruction that was caused on US Naval ships.And this being a very important film needs to put its point across,so real archive footage does engross the viewer more.Gary Cooper was a fine actor of his generation,very convincing in his portrayal of Scott,the captain.Although i did have a chuckle when they said Scottie is on the Enterprise,i kept expecting someone to say beam him up.In all a very well made film shame its not on sale in the UK.


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