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The Eternal Sea (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 5 May 1955 (USA)
Rear Adm. John M. Hoskins (Sterling Hayden) fights to stay on after losing a leg on an aircraft carrier in World War II.

Director:

John H. Auer

Writers:

Allen Rivkin (screenplay), William Wister Haines (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sterling Hayden ... Rear-Adm. John Madison Hoskins
Alexis Smith ... Sue Hoskins
Ben Cooper ... Seaman P.J. 'Zuggy' Zugbaum
Dean Jagger ... Vice-Adm. Thomas L. Semple
Virginia Grey ... Dorothy Buracker
Hayden Rorke ... Capt. William Buracker
Douglas Kennedy ... Capt. Walter Riley
Louis Jean Heydt ... Capt. Walter F. Rodee
Richard Crane ... Lt. Johnson
Morris Ankrum ... Vice-Adm. Arthur Dewey Struble
Frank Ferguson ... Admiral L.D.
John Maxwell ... Adm. William F. 'Bull' Halsey
William Kerwin ... Cole
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Best ... Student (unconfirmed)
Chuck Courtney ... Seaman (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Biopic of Rear Adm. John M. Hoskins, U.S. Navy. During World War Two, U.S. Navy Capt. John Madison Hoskins returns home for a short leave after spending two years at sea. In 1942, he is given command of the USS Hornet (CV-8). Unfortunately, news reach him that the Hornet has recently been sunk by the Japanese. Without a ship, Hoskins is temporarily reassigned as an instructor at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. In 1944, Hoskins is finally sent to the front lines. He's given command of the USS Princeton (CVL-23) involved in the on-going Philippine campaign. When Hoskins arrives to replace the current Captain of the Princeton, as part of the routine rotation of skippers practiced by the Navy, he is told to assist the Princeton's Captain rather than take over command of the ship. The reason being that the Princeton's skipper, Capt. William Buracker, is already briefed on the on-going operation and it would take too much time for the Navy to bring Hoskins up to speed. However, Hoskins agrees ... Written by nufs68

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The real-life Naval Hero who defied disaster - to soar his jet to glory! See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Admiral Hoskins Story See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Based on true events from the life of Vice Admiral John Madison Hoskins (October 22, 1898 - March 30, 1964). See more »

Goofs

The U.S. Navy requires that, unless you are on duty, you uncover upon entering a building and once uncovered you do not salute. Several times in this movie a salute was rendered by an uncovered sailor. See more »

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Admiral John Hoskins 1898-1964
30 August 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Toward the end of Republic Pictures existence with the demise of the B western and the departure of their number one asset John Wayne, the studio did produce some quality if low budget films. The Eternal Sea is one such film and the studio made good use of naval combat footage from World War II and Korea to integrate them into the story.

Which is the true story of Admiral John Hoskins who lost a leg during the battle of Leyte Gulf, but fought to stay on in the Navy on active duty and doing more than desk duty. As the story unfolds Hoskins fought to have our aircraft carriers adapted to jet airplanes, a difficult task indeed because naval aviation itself was only slightly over 25 years old and just getting settled into propeller planes.

Sterling Hayden plays the courageous and far seeing admiral Hawkins and Alexis Smith his supportive wife who would dearly like to see her man take an honorable retirement. Alexis Smith always had trouble getting cast because she was a tall girl, a first baseman as Bing Crosby said in Here Comes The Groom. No worries here because Sterling Hayden was 6'5" to Alexis's 5'9".

Dean Jagger does a nice job in the role of Hayden's superior and mentor. The Eternal Sea is a real inspirational story and was worthy of a bigger studio and budget than Republic Pictures and the money allocated.


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