Flat Top (film)

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Flat Top
Directed by Lesley Selander
Produced by Walter Mirisch
Written by Steve Fisher
Starring Sterling Hayden
Richard Carlson
Music by Marlin Skiles
Cinematography Harry Neumann
Edited by William Austin
Distributed by Monogram Pictures
Release date
  • October 26, 1952 (1952-10-26)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Flat Top (also released as Eagles of the Fleet) is a 1952 American drama war film directed by Lesley Selander and starring Sterling Hayden, with early appearances from Phyllis Coates, Jack Larson, Richard Carlson, and William Schallert.[1] The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing.[2]


The film begins away from the coast of Korea during the Korean War. Commander Collier (Hayden) is in charge of air operations on a carrier, or 'flat top'. When asked about how he first handled his job, he goes back to the time of World War II, where the film takes place. Told in flashback form, Collier recounts the war in the Pacific, working flight ops on the same carrier with a new second officer, Lt. (j.g.) Joe Rogers (Carlson), and getting a group of pilots ready for the tough fight to come against the Japanese.


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  1. ^ "Flat Top". NY Times. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "The 25th Academy Awards (1953) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 

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