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Men of the Fighting Lady (Panther Squadron)1954

Men of the Fighting Lady (Panther Squadron) (1954)





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Leave it to MGM to turn the Korean War into a splashy, big-budget, all-star extravaganza. Men of the Fighting Lady is set on the US aircraft career of the same name. Van Johnson stars as Lt. Howard Thayer, while other MGM stalwarts in the cast include Walter Pidgeon, Kennan Wynn and Louis Calhern. The film's highlight is the famous fact-based scene wherein Lt. Thayer "talks in" blinded pilot Kenneth Schechter (Dewey Martin), assuring a safe landing for the incapacitated flyer. As a novelty, no concessions are made to the "love stuff" addicts in the audience: there is no contrived romantic subplot in the film, nor are there any women in the cast. Men of the Fighting Lady was based on two literary works: "The Case of the Blinded Pilot" by Cmdr. Harry A. Burns, and "The Forgotten Heroes of Korea" by James A. Michener (who is impersonated in the film by Louis Calhern).


Van Johnson
as Lt. Howard Thayer
Walter Pidgeon
as Cmdr. Kent Dowling
Louis Calhern
as James A. Michener
Dewey Martin
as Ensign Kenneth Schechter
Keenan Wynn
as Lt. Cmdr. Ted Dodson
Frank Lovejoy
as Lt. Cmdr. Paul Grayson
Robert Horton
as Ensign Neil Conovan
Bert Freed
as Lt. Andrew Szymanski
Lewis Martin
as Cmdr. Michael Coughlin
George Cooper
as Cyril Roberts
Dick Simmons
as Lt. Wayne Kimbrell
Richard Simmons
as Lt. Wayne Kimbrell
Chris Warfield
as Pilot White
Steve Rowland
as Pilot Johnson
Edward Tracy
as Pilot Brown
Paul L. Smith
as Ensign Dispatcher
John Rosser
as Officer
Ronald Lisa
as Replacement
Teddy Infur
as Szymanski's Son
Sarah Selby
as Mrs. Szymanski
Jerry Mathers
as Dodson's Son
Ronald Stafford
as Dodson's Son
Joseph Stafford
as Dodson's Son
Ann Baker
as Mary Reynolds
Jonathan Hale
as Announcer
Dorothy Patrick
as Mrs. Dodson
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The tone in many ways reminded me of Top Gun, which would come out three decades later: Callow young pilots learn to rely on their fellow fighter jocks and act as a team.

September 6, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Tepid factual Korean War drama about life aboard an American naval aircraft carrier stationed off Korea in the Sea of Japan.

May 27, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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