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  • Of course McHale's Navy didn't appear until over a decade after this movie was made, but there are elements of this movie that remind me of McHale's Navy...stealing supplies, crewmen horsing around. The attempts at comedy were largely unsuccessful however.

    This movie involves the implementation of Commander Talbot's (Glenn Ford) vision of missiles being launched from submarines. And he, and his crew, go through major contortions (a la McHale's Navy style) to get this accomplished. Of course, while so occupied, romance intervenes. And the girl's (Viveca Lindfors) father is a major stumbling block. He is a pacifist who is strongly against the commander's efforts.

    Although slow moving, this film is still quite watchable. The acting is fair and the story is reasonable. It is obviously pro-military and I'm sure heartily embraced by the Dept. of Defense. For the amount of money which appears to have been spent on this production...very turned out fairly well.

    Although this is not a war movie per se, fans of WW2 era material will probably enjoy this one. My vote: 6 out of 10.

    This film is in my 16mm collection and is quite old with various splices which makes it difficult to do a decent technical analysis. Additionally 16mm films are generally limited to mono sound tracks and substandard sound fidelity. If this film is available on video or DVD, I am unaware of it.
  • richardchatten6 May 2020
    Paradoxically this early Cold War public information film masquerading as a feature would probably have worked better had less money been spent on it.

    The basic storyline about launching missiles from cruisers is absorbing enough without the lengthy romantic and melodramatic digressions inserted into it without adding much to the film other than it's running time; while the casting of veteran character actors like John Qualen as Viveca Lindfors' 'comical' uncle and Henry O'Neill as her warm-hearted boss further heighten the old-fashioned feel of the piece.
  • Despite the presence of Glenn Ford, "The Flying Missile" is an awfully dull film. And, although the title makes it sound as if it's a sci- fi movie, it isn't.

    The film is a boring story about some folks on a sub who insist that they learn to incorporate missiles onto their ship. But, this isn't done so they all go to missile training school. Along the way, their commander (Ford) strikes up a relationship with a not particularly interesting lady.

    During the course of this film, you'll see a lot of stock footage that is often crappily assembled. For example, you'll see a Bearcat airplane without a large droptank (for fuel)--yet when it's in mid- air, it has one. And, when it lands, it's missing. Also, you'll see a V-2 style missile become some other sort of missile after it's launched! And, a jet chase plane, in some shots, sports propellers!! Talk about sloppy and indifferent to continuity.

    So, what you have is a dull film with worthless footage. Need I say more?
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    When the Department of Defense signed on for cooperation in making The Flying Missile I'm not sure if anyone read the story. What Glenn Ford does in this film should have been a court martial offense and rated him being drummed out of the Navy.

    Also a great opportunity was missed showing how the discoveries in rocketry by our late opponents in World War II were now being put to use in our country's defense.

    Glenn Ford is cast as a submarine commander who develops an obsession with firing rockets from submarines and pushes to get himself assigned to a developing program at Point Mugu, California. As a sideline he develops an interest in Admiral Henry O'Neill's secretary Viveca Lindfors.

    But mainly he's interested in being the first to test fire a missile from a submarine. So interested is Ford that he ignores all kinds of protocols and procedures. Something happens on the first test and he loses Joe Sawyer his CPO on the submarine.

    I'm sorry, but in the real Navy he would have been court marshaled and drummed out of the service. The Pentagon would also have been looking at Henry O'Neill's conduct as well who acts like an indulgent rich uncle with Ford instead of a commanding officer.

    Glenn what were you thinking when you signed on for this?
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    A determined sea captain uses unorthodox means to make possible his ideas of missiles being launched from submarines. I liked the naval part of the story with solid Glenn Ford as Captain Talbot and well chosen character actors in support as his loyal crew. The romantic sub-plot though was not really necessary and is the weakest part of the movie. There was stock footage as the budget was low but it looked convincing to these civilian eyes. There was also good bits of subtle humour. When the captain visits the base to obtain some missiles the bureaucracy and sense of rank are satirically portrayed. An absorbing film if the subject matter of early missile research interests you. Which recommends it to me but possibly not to all.
  • I don't know about you, but I always found Glenn Ford a rather dull actor to watch. He wasn't bad, just unremarkable - and this maritime adventure sort of confirms that. He is a determined (bolshy) US Naval Commander who is convinced of the merits of launching missiles from submarines - despite scepticism from the upper echelons - and so sets out to coax, cajole and bulldoze his theories through. Viveca Lindfors "Karin" provides the love interest, and indirectly some of the conflict as her father is a devout pacifist. The end result is never in jeopardy and to a certain extent the film smacks of willy-waving at the Soviets in the immediate (1950) aftermath of WWII - with scant regard to fact. I tend to like submarine adventure films (usually because they are exciting and there is normally an absence of slushy love scenes) but this doesn't really satisfy either of my criteria and so whilst it's not rotten, it's almost as bad - it's bland.
  • Disapline in theUSA non existent ado as you like on atop secret base What a waste of a great cast and a show up for the USA forces Walt Disney where were you