[Videolib] Sorry for the repeat (don't think my first went thru...)

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Tue, 28 Sep 2004 16:56:59 -0700

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>Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 16:14:52 -0700
>To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
>From: Gary Handman <ghandman@library.berkeley.edu>
>Subject: Re: [Videolib] looking for WWII feature film - about a fleet in=20
>the Pacific
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>Howz bout the following...note last paragraph in bold
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>Title: Task Force (1949)1e218de.jpg
>Alternative Title(s): The Horizon in Flames
>Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. A Warner Bros.--First=20
>National Picture
>Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
>Released: 24 Sep 1949
>Produced: late Oct--31 Dec 1948
>Copyright Information: =A9 Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.; 26 Sep 1949; LP2557
>Length: 115-116 min.
>Physical Properties: 1e2198a.jpgBlack & 1e219c9.jpgWhite with=20
>1e21a07.jpgColor Sequences: 1e21a46.jpgBlack &=20
>1e21a84.jpgWhite/1e21ac3.jpgColor by Technicolor; Sound: RCA Sound System
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>Plot Summary: As Jonathan L. Scott faces retirement from the Navy, he=20
>recalls twenty-seven years earlier when he was a Navy pilot stationed in=20
>San Diego: The first aircraft carrier in 1921 is a converted collier, the=
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>Langley. Because the Navy does not have the money to purchase airplanes=20
>especially designed to land on carriers, several pilots die as they=20
>attempt to land on the sixty-five foot deck. One day, Scott must tell Mary=
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>Morgan that her husband Jerry has been killed. In 1923, Scott is=20
>transferred to Washington, D.C. to help develop a carrier plane and to=20
>convince the admirals to support naval aviation. At a party he encounters=
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>Mary, who is there with another officer. Scott becomes involved in an=20
>argument with powerful isolationist newspaper publisher Bentley and thus=20
>greatly angers Admiral Ames. Scott is then assigned to a desk job at the=20
>Panama Canal. Before he leaves, Scott proposes to Mary, who refuses to=20
>marry another flyer, but advises him to continue his fight for the carrier=
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>planes. When a newly designed carrier, the Saratoga, is launched, Scott is=
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>transferred to it. Learning to fly with a new system, Scott loses control=
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>of his plane and crashes. While he is recovering, Mary visits the hospital=
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>and accepts Scott's second proposal. The couple spends two years in Hawaii=
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>and then moves to Annapolis, where Scott, now a Lieutenant Commander, is=20
>to teach naval aviation. His outspoken stand in favor of aircraft carriers=
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>in combat causes him to lose a promotion, and after Japan invades=20
>Manchuria, Scott decides to accept a civilian job selling planes in=20
>Europe. Mary, however, encourages him to remain in the Navy, and they=20
>return to Hawaii, where Scott is made a commander. When Pearl Harbor is=20
>attacked by the Japanese, Scott's ship, the Enterprise, sets out to prove=
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>the worth of the carrier. During the Battle of Midway, the flight deck is=
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>badly damaged by Japanese torpedo planes, and they are forced to abandon=20
>ship. Afterward, Scott is made a Captain and travels to Washington to=20
>plead for more carriers. Eventually a carrier fleet is produced, and Scott=
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>is placed in charge of one of the ships. During the Battle of Okinawa, the=
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>fleet proves its worth, and four years after the end of the war, Scott=20
>retires and joins Mary, who is waiting for him on the dock.
>Note: Delmer Daves's onscreen credit reads: "Written and directed by." The=
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>film ends with the following written acknowledgment: "To the United States=
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>Navy for its aid and cooperation in making this picture possible our=20
>grateful thanks." A press release indicates that Warner Bros. had begun to=
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>work on the idea for this film as early as May 1945. According to a news=20
>item in 29 Jun 1948 LAT, Robert Montgomery was to star in the film. The=20
>item adds that the studio had obtained Technicolor shots of the last six=20
>months of the Pacific war.
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> A 17 Oct 1948 NYT article reports that director Delmer Daves and=20
> producer Jerry Wald found original 1e21af2.jpgblack and 1e21b40.jpgwhite=
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> footage of the Langley, shot in 1923 at the silent speed of 16 frames per=
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> second. Similar footage was discovered of the Saratoga, an intermediate=20
> stage in the development of the aircraft carrier. By optical processes=20
> the old film was adjusted to the sound speed of 24 frames per second. In=
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> order to incorporate this footage, Wald decided to shoot the first half=20
> of the film in 1e21b7e.jpgblack and 1e21bbd.jpgwhite and switch to=20
> 1e21bec.jpgcolor with the scenes of the Enterprise at Pearl Harbor. World=
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> War II footage includes shots of the Battle of Midway, the Japanese=20
> attack on the Yorktown and kamikaze damage to the Franklin. The article=20
> also names Patricia Neal as a member of the cast, but she did not appear=
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> in the completed film.
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>At 02:00 PM 9/27/2004 -0500, you wrote:
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>>Help! I have a patron looking for a World War II entertainment film he
>>thinks he saw in the theater in the 1950's. The film is in both black
>>and white and color. It is about a fleet in the Pacific. He remembers
>>it being in black and white when the fleet is losing but it switches to
>>color after the fleet regroups and heads out to a winning encounter.
>>The patron said the music "Fountains of Rome" by Respighi plays as the
>>fleet regroups and the film changes to color.
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>>Does anyone have an idea what this film might be?
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>>Renee Zurn
>>Duluth Public Library
>>Duluth MN
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>Gary Handman
>Director
>Media Resources Center
>Moffitt Library
>UC Berkeley
>ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
>http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC
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>****
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>"Movies are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of us."
> --Ted Berrigan

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

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"Movies are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of us."
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