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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.

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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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Drama | War

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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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Production Co:

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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Trivia

The climactic battle scene is actually footage of the Battle of Leyte Gulf (10/23-10/26/44), which occurred before the carrier this film was shot on, The USS Princeton, was built. See more »

Goofs

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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Big Budget from Monogram, who'd have thunk it?
13 January 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Flat Top is a run of the mill war film with an old plot device about a conflict between the group captain and the executive officer on how to command. But considering this came from Monogram Pictures which was transitioning to Allied Artists, for what product normally came from that studio this could have been Gone With The Wind.

Monogram even sprung for color and utilized some real combat footage from the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The stars are Sterling Hayden and Richard Carlson as the skipper and his number 2. It's the usual story, the tough new skipper and the executive officer who is loved by the men under him. Both these guys and the cast beneath fill their roles out well.

Giving as a high a rating as I do for a Monogram Picture believe me it's worth your while to give this one a look.


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