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Air Strike(1955)

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Before this film's opening credits, a written foreword reads: "With grateful appreciation for the cooperation of the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense." At the film's end, the following dedication appears: "The mighty air arm of the United States Navy with its control of the seas is a great part of this nation's security. Aggression can be stopped and peace maintained with a strong Navy. This story is dedicated to the men at sea with wings."
       According to a November 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, producer Cy Roth had "obtained complete financial backing from San Francisco interests for his Coyt Productions schedule." The first film on the schedule was to be Air Strike, which was to roll "early next year." Coyt Productions was not the name of the film's production company, however, and the identity of Roth's financial backers has not been determined.
       As noted in the onscreen credits and Hollywood Reporter news items, portions of the picture were filmed aboard the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Essex (CVA 9), which was stationed in San Diego, CA. The name of the ship did not appear on the fictional ship in the film, however. Some of the servicemen of the Essex appeared in the picture, as did the "Fighting Falcons" of VF 142 Cougar Squadron, which was stationed aboard her. The onscreen cast credit for the military extras reads: "The officers and men of the U.S.S. Essex (CVA 9); The "Fighting Falcons" of VF 142 Cougar Squadron." The interior sequences were shot at Samuel Goldwyn Studios in Hollywood, according to Hollywood Reporter news items. Although a September 15, 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item includes Bill Phipps in the cast, his appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. The character of "Marg" appears in the picture only in flashbacks. As noted by reviews, the film contained a great deal of stock footage.