GenreWar, Drama ScreenplaySteve Fisher WriterSteve Fisher LanguageEnglish
Release dateOctober 26, 1952 (1952-10-26) CastSterling Hayden (Commander Dan Collier), Richard Carlson (Lt. (j.g.) Joe Rodgers), William Phipps (Red Kelley), John Bromfield (Ens. Snakehips McKay), Keith Larsen (Ens. Barney Smith / Barney Oldfield), William Schallert (Ens. Longfellow) Similar moviesSubmarine X-1, The Enemy Below, Run Silent, Run Deep, The Fighting Seabees, Farewell to the King, Up Periscope
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