Dan Collier (Sterling Hayden) is the hard-as-nails commanding officer of a carrier air group aboard the aircraft carrier USS Princeton
. It is 1944, and the Princeton
is traveling through the explosive Pacific. In addition to the Japanese Zeros attacking from above, Collier must battle Joe
Rodgers (Richard Carlson), the commander of a new air group on the carrier. Rodgers is a friendly commander who never pushes his men too far, a philosophy directly at odds with Collier's rough edge. Collier runs a tight group because he wants to keep his men alive; the men don't like it, but by
the war's end they realize he was right. An entertaining picture, FLAT TO...