Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)


“It’s not what you say, Ken, it’s what you do” – Lt. Howard Thayer

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – The commander of an aircraft carrier relates tales of heroism to a reporter trying to find ways to enhance home-front morale during the Korean War.

My Take on it – This is a film that was probably much more interesting to watch when it came out since people knew much less back then about what transpires on bombing missions.

The story comes across as being too lean which really hurts any kind of poignant impact that it might have.

Unfortunately, not much really happens here to keep things interesting for the entire run time which is a shame.

The cast of this film feels a bit wasted due to the fact that they aren’t given meatier roles and even Van Johnson doesn’t manage to do much with what he is given here.

The visuals are enjoyable to watch, but due to the level of special effects at the time, some of the flying shots or even shots of men on a ship look too fake in order to take them even more seriously.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that falls flat because it’s too lean.  The story itself might be intriguing and suspenseful to watch, but not much truly happens here to make it even more poignant. The cast feels a bit wasted here especially Johnson who doesn’t really have enough to do.  This was probably much more intriguing to watch when it came out since it was a way for people to try and get a better idea as to what was transpiring during the war in Korea. The visuals of the film are pretty mediocre and many of the shots of pilots flying or even men looking out at the horizon on an aircraft carrier look comical because it’s so easy to see how fake it all looks.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After Van Johnson brings in a blind pilot and lands safely on the carrier, he mutters “I should have found a home in the Army”. In Battleground (1949), he mutters “I found a home in the Army”. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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One thought on “Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)

  1. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1954 | MovieRob

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