Task Force (1949)





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A U.S. Naval Officer fervently attempts to convince his superiors that their ships can be used as aircraft carriers. Gary Cooper stars as Jonathon L. Scott who proves his claim that it is indeed possible to land a plane on deck, but no action is taken by the military to deliver carriers. Jonathon then visits D.C and successfully lobbies for for his cause, meeting an old friend's widow, Mary Morgan (Jane Wyatt) during the stay. After losing his temper with a foreign diplomat, Jonathon is sent to Panama on a desk-punishment assignment, but after the Navy produces sufficient carriers, he is sent to serve on one. Sustaining an injury, he is transferred to a hospital where he and Wyatt grow closer and, when released, he marries her. The attack on Pearl Harbor prompts the Navy to assign Jonathon his own aircraft carrier which undergoes viscious treatment, but he diligently saves the ship and steers it back home where he receives recognition and vindication about his claims. Filmed mostly in black and white, Task Force features actual footage of WW II battle scenes.
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Walter Brennan
as Pete Richard
John Ridgely
as Dixie Rankin
Gary Cooper
as Jonathan L. Scott
Richard Rober
as Jack Southern
Wayne Morris
as McKinney
Stanley Ridges
as Bentley
Jane Wyatt
as Mary Morgan
Jack Holt
as Reeves
Kenneth Tobey
as Capt. Williamson
Bruce Bennett
as McCluskey
John McGuire
as Supply Officer
Tommy Walker
as Lieutenant
Robert Rockwell
as Lt. Kelley
Julie London
as Barbara McKinney
William Hudson
as Lt. Leenhouts
Basil Ruysdael
as Admiral
John Gallaudet
as Jennings
Dick Paxton
as Pilot
Reed Howes
as Officer
William Gould
as Mr. Secretary
Rory Mallinson
as Jerry Morgan
Mary Lawrence
as Ruth Rankin
Charles Williams
as Luggage Clerk
Art Baker
as Sen. Vincent
Sally Corner
as Mrs. Secretary
Alex Gerry
as Chairman
Warren Douglas
as Winston
James Holden
as Tom Cooper
Tetsu Komai
as Japanese Representative
Joe Forte
as Presidential Representative
W. Beal Wong
as Japanese Naval Attache
Laura Treadwell
as Mrs. Ames
Charles Sherlock
as Capt. Wren
Paul MacWilliams
as Harrison
Edwin Fowler
as Cmdr. Price
Brad Evans
as Midshipman
Roscoe Behan
as Ames' Attache
Gerard Waller
as Midshipman
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Though not one of Gary Cooper's or director Daves' best pictures, this is a passably engaging chronicle of theAmerican aircraft carriers from the 1920s to WWII.

Full Review… | April 1, 2012

The film flies by at a fast pace, as it offers a sweeping history lesson of Naval aviation.

Full Review… | May 18, 2007
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