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Original Title :
Battle Taxi
Genre :
Movie / Drama / War
Year :
Directror :
Herbert L. Strock
Cast :
Sterling Hayden,Arthur Franz,Marshall Thompson
Writer :
Art Arthur,Malvin Wald
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Time :
1h 22min
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Title: Battle Taxi (1955). A very good movie for all the aviation buffs : it can easily be considered as the "Sikorsky H-19 " helicopter definitive film. Haiden was a super actor and Franz did his best.

Download english subtitles for Battle Taxi (1955) full movie on fullepisodes. In the Korean war, the commander of an Air Rescue helicopter team must show a hot-shot former jet pilot how important helicopter rescue work is and turn him into a team player. Watch movie Battle Taxi (1955) Openload hd 720p 1080p with English subtitles.

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Capt. Russ Edwards commands a helicopter rescue unit that fly wounded soldiers out of battle areas and rescue pilots who have to ditch their aircraft. He has a problem with one of his men, former fighter pilot Lt. Pete Stacey, who takes unnecessary risks with his helicopter. Stacey is frustrated at having to fly helicopters pilots instead of jets and wants out. Helicopter pilots are in short supply however meaning he has no chance of being transferred. Under pressure from his squadron commander to reduce the number of helicopters out of commission for repairs, Edwards does his best to get Stacey on side. He eventually comes around.
Complete credited cast:
Sterling Hayden Sterling Hayden - Capt. Russ Edwards
Arthur Franz Arthur Franz - Lt. Pete Stacy
Marshall Thompson Marshall Thompson - 2nd Lt. Tim Vernon
Leo Needham Leo Needham - SSgt. 'Slats' Klein
Jay Barney Jay Barney - Lt. Col. Stoneham
John Dennis John Dennis - MSgt. Joe Murdock
Michael Colgan Michael Colgan - Medic Capt. Larsen
Andy Andrews Andy Andrews - Lazy Joker Two
Dale Hutchinson Dale Hutchinson - Blue Boy Three-Gene

This film was showing on the screen as photographer O. Winston Link snapped his iconic photo of a Norfolk and Western freight train passing an Iarger, West Virginia drive-in theater, titled "NW1103 Hot Shot Eastbound". According Smithsonian Magazine: "The explosion of light washed out what was on the movie screen at the moment; he had to print the image of the plane from a negative he'd made separately of that night's showing."

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Rough tough, phone in the performance and cash the paycheck Captain Sterling Hayden commands a fleet of helicopters in the Korean War. Can he keep his BATTLE TAXIS in the air rescuing shot down pilots, or will re-purposed hot shot pilot Arthur Franz keep flying the copters into unnecessary danger?

If you want character driven drama, any sense of suspense, or performances you'll remember five minutes after "The End", this is not the movie for you. If you want camp, atrocious dialog, and amazing overacting, this also is not the film for you. But, if you love watching spliced bits of stock footage, newsreel stuff, and endless shots of helicopters and jet fighters in the midst of not so exciting action, this is your movie. Heck, this flick even has Hayden and Franz show a group of hot shot pilots a movie full of stock footage, newsreel stuff and helicopters, just to get all that stuff that had been rotting at the stock company's shelves in.

The performances are pretty dull -- but in fairness to the actors, there is so much footage from other sources, they don't have much time to develop their characters beyond the desired stereotypes. The script is pretty dreary as well, with only one moment of actual originality appearing two-thirds of the way. But if you enjoy looking at old helicopters and jets, this is actually a pretty valuable film.


A very good movie for all the aviation buffs : it can easily be considered as the "Sikorsky H-19 " helicopter definitive film. Then , there are a lot of good old Sabres and Shooting Stars, some S-51 Hely and other USAF stuff of the period(F-51 , B-45, B-29, Hu-16) . Haiden was a super actor and Franz did his best. A must for all the Hely lovers and aviation fans. Typical production of the early fifties, mainly done to promote Air Force and to give an idea of the hard work usually done by the Air Rescue Service men. The aviation movies regarding the Korean conflict are usually full of North American F-86 Sabres and are the vehicle for daring and handsome Fighter Pilots. This B movie is an honest one mainly produced to inform people of the obscure and dangerous work the SAR people performed and still do in saving life of pilots.
Knights from Bernin

Knights from Bernin

Sterling Hayden, a very good and underrated actor, plays a grouchy captain whose one and only goal is to keep his rescue helicopters flying. However, he has a hot-shot new pilot (Arthur Franz) who has ideas of taking wild risks and it puts him in the hot seat with Hayden. Through the course of the movie, time and again, Hayden's slow and steady mentality turns out to be the right one and Franz learns to be more of a team player.

Throughout way too much of the movie, the film makers uses TONS of stock footage--too much. It's as if half the film is stock footage. Fortuantely, while a lot of the footage is irrelevant, at least it's high quality and of the correct sorts of planes and equipment. But as a result, the whole thing comes off as cheap and a bit dull. Frankly, I wanted to see more of Hayden's grumpy but entertaining performance---though at times the dialog he and the rest of the cast were given was pretty bad.

I am a huge airplane buff, so I enjoyed seeing the A-26s, B-29s and F-86 but not much more piqued my interest. While there weren't that many Korean War films, you could easily do better with better low budget films like Samuel Fuller's "Steel Helmet" or "Fixed Bayonets". All in all, a boring film due to crap production values.
lets go baby

lets go baby

Herbert L. Strock -- a name to conjure with. He directed this undistinguished introduction to the helicopter air rescue teams in the Korean war.

It's almost like a training camp film. In fact, the audience joins a group of jet jocks as they sit and watch a film about the operations and instruments of air/sea rescue. Lots of pretty good shots of airplanes taking off, landing, and helicopters spinning around and emitting smoke. But Herbert L. Strock, I think, underestimates the perspicacity of the audience. A "chopper" whirls in for a landing, nicely done. Then there is an obvious cut and splice, and the helicopter flies BACKWARDS along the same approach route. Well, maybe a child would miss it.

The central theme is familiar. Arthur Franz is a jet pilot with some training in helicopters, and he's assigned to Captain Sterling Hayden's rescue unit in Korea. Franz is impatient and angry because he wants to climb into a jet and clobber those Commies, not fly slowly around in an unarmed Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw, retrieving downed flyers. You may find a similar conflict between Dana Andres and Tyrone Power in "Crash Dive." Actually, those models were loud and underpowered compared to, say, the famous Huey of Vietnam, but they were spacious and comfy. I caught a ride in one when I was stationed at the USCG Air Station at San Francisco International Airport. Perfect for scenic air tours of the Bay Area, if not for clobbering Commies.

Herbert J. Strock's direction comes on like a ton of bricks. Lots of shouting. The script lacks some of the usual elements of these genre films. Cherchez la femme? Not even a girl friend back home? I must say, though, that the story is both informative and at times even gripping, especially the final scene when Franz is lying on the ground, wounded, with a medical team trying to get him into shape for evacuation, and North Korean mortar shells are being walked into their position. Another combat scene in which an unarmed helicopter attacks a tank is more amusing than anything else.

There are only two real performances -- Hayden's and Franz's. They're professionally competent. Both men are from New Jersey. I mused, during the duller parts, about whether they reminisced about going to "the shore" in the summer.


Everything about this movie is wrong.... or just plain bad.

From the writing, directing, choice of stock footage, etc.... the dialog stunk to high heaven. The editor of the stock footage even screwed that up by showing a few seconds of a jet about to start, then the blades revolving as a big radial on a B-29 started to turn followed immediately by the blast of a jet tailpipe as it begins to taxi..... I can't go on. This has to be at or very near the top of the list of really bad war movies of all time. Close ground support by jets instead of the prop jobs that actually did it held over from WWII. Huge formations of aircraft fly over constantly as though at a big air show, which is probably where most of the stock footage came from. Just awful.