Flat Top (film)
|Directed by||Lesley Selander|
|Produced by||Walter Mirisch|
|Written by||Steve Fisher|
|Music by||Marlin Skiles|
|Edited by||William Austin|
|Distributed by||Monogram Pictures|
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. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing.
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.
- Sterling Hayden as Cmdr. Dan Collier
- Richard Carlson as Lt. (j.g.) Joe Rodgers
- William Phipps as Red Kelley (as Bill Phipps)
- John Bromfield as Ens. Snakehips McKay
- Keith Larsen as Ens. Barney Smith / Barney Oldfield
- William Schallert as Ens. Longfellow
- Todd Karns as Judge
- Phyllis Coates as Dorothy Collier
- Dave Willock as Willie
- Walter Coy as Air Group Commander
- Jack Larson as "Scuttlebutt" Sailor
- "Flat Top". NY Times. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
- "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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