Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)

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A famous writer visits an aircraft carrier during the Korean war to learn more about it and the way it's run. He also gets to find out more about the Navy and Marine aviators themselves, their internal and external conflicts and dangers of their job.




  • Robert Horton and Keenan Wynn in Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
  • Van Johnson in Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
  • Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
  • Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
  • Van Johnson, Robert Horton, Dewey Martin, Walter Pidgeon, Steve Rowland, and Keenan Wynn in Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
  • Van Johnson, Louis Calhern, Frank Lovejoy, Dewey Martin, Walter Pidgeon, and Keenan Wynn in Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)

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30 January 2012 | jandjstuart
Actual talk-down sequences, excellent acting
A thirty-ish Van Johnson as Lt. Howard Thayer is excellent in his talk-talk scenes with the blinded pilot, his friend Ken. Johnson's character is confined in the fighter pilot's seat, encased in flight gear and helmet, with the actor having only his voice and facial expressions to convey his depth of concern. The flying sequences have been very positively reviewed by veterans on a fighter pilots information sharing website, Korean War veterans sharing website, and military movie catalog website; always noted to be realistic. Actors dialog in the talk-down scene was transcribed from the actual pilots radio transmissions, with very few exceptions (actual is posted online). Bombing scenes are actual, but not graphic compared to modern special effects scenes. Should not be disturbing to younger viewers. Not a celebration of war, this film deals with loss of pilots lives, it's effect on friends and family. Touching but not soapy or sorrowful. The film has variety of action, and keeps moving along well. Noted to be the best Korean War action film, and Carrier film ever produced.

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