Men of the Fighting Lady

Men of the Fighting Lady

Director: Andrew Marton Cast: Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon, Louis Calhern

DVD (Wide Screen)

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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).

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2014
UPC: 0888574055363
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 12,561

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Van Johnson Lt. Howard Thayer
Walter Pidgeon Cmdr. Kent Dowling
Louis Calhern James A. Michener
Dewey Martin Ensign Kenneth Schechter
Keenan Wynn Lt. Cmdr. Ted Dodson
Frank Lovejoy Lieutenbant Commander Paul Grayson
Robert Horton Ensign Neil Conovan
Bert Freed Lt. Andrew Szymanski
Lewis Martin Cmdr. Michael Coughlin
Dick Simmons Lt. Wayne Kimbrell
Ann Baker Mary Reynolds
George A. Cooper Cyril Roberts
Jonathan Hale Announcer
Teddy Infuhr Szymanski's Son
Jerry Mathers Dodson's Son
Dorothy Patrick Mrs. Dodson
John Rosser Officer
Steve Rowland Pilot Johnson
Sarah Selby Mrs. Szymanski
Paul Smith Ensign Dispatcher
Chris Warfield Pilot White

Technical Credits
Andrew Marton Director
Henry Berman Producer
Art Cohn Screenwriter
George Folsey Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Gene Ruggiero Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
James A. Michener Source Author

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