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Battle Taxi(1955)

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The working titles of this film were Operation Air Rescue and Air Rescue. The opening credits include the following written acknowledgment: "The producers desire to acknowledge their deep appreciation of the assistance rendered in the making of this motion picture by the Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Headquarters, Air Rescue Service and the 42nd Air Rescue Squadron." According to the film's pressbook, the ARS was organized in 1946, and technical advisor Capt. Vincent H. McGovern flew ninety-six helicopter missions during the Korean War. As noted by several reviews, the film contained a large amount of footage of real combat situations and ARS operations. According to a July 15, 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item, Charles Victor was cast in the picture, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Other Hollywood Reporter news items note that some sequences were filmed on location at March Field in Riverside, CA. Although a June 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item listed San Clemente Island as a potential location site, it has not been determined if shooting did take place there.