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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.


Gary Cooper
as Jonathan L. Scott
Jane Wyatt
as Mary Morgan
Walter Brennan
as Pete Richard
Wayne Morris
as McKinney
Julie London
as Barbara McKinney
Bruce Bennett
as McCluskey
Jack Holt
as Reeves
John Ridgely
as Dixie Rankin
Richard Rober
as Jack Southern
Art Baker
as Sen. Vincent
James Holden
as Tom Cooper
Rory Mallinson
as Jerry Morgan
Robert Rockwell
as Lt. Kelley
William Gould
as Mr. Secretary
Sally Corner
as Mrs. Secretary
Kenneth Tobey
as Capt. Williamson
Tetsu Komai
as Japanese Representative
W. Beal Wong
as Japanese Naval Attache
Laura Treadwell
as Mrs. Ames
Roscoe Behan
as Ames' Attache
Reed Howes
as Officer
Edwin Fowler
as Cmdr. Price
William Hudson
as Lt. Leenhouts
Mary Lawrence
as Ruth Rankin
John McGuire
as Supply Officer
Charles Sherlock
as Capt. Wren
Charles Williams
as Luggage Clerk
Brad Evans
as Midshipman
Gerard Waller
as Midshipman
Tommy Walker
as Lieutenant
Alex Gerry
as Chairman
Joe Forte
as Presidential Representative
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All Critics (4)

This is one of the few films to which Negro soldiers are pictured as being a part of the recent war.

January 14, 2022 | Full Review…

If you like "epic" stories, this will cost you 85 cents.

October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

April 1, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

May 18, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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