This stirring documentary was directed & produced by four time Oscar winner John Ford during the intense June 4th Japanese carrier plane attacks on Midway Island and by Navy Combat Cameramen aboard the USS Yorktown during the epic carrier battle, along with color gun camera film of air to air and air to sea combat.. Highlights include memorable scenes from the Marine Base on Midway, airfield B-17s leaving to attack the Japanese fleet, patrolling PBYs,. action packed Japanese attacks on the Yorktown and Midway, and up close shots of the Yorktown’s squadron VF3 and their F4F Wild Cats, including aces John S. “Jimmy’ Thach (“The Thach Weave”) and Lt. E. Scott McCuskey. And it wouldn’t be a John Ford movie without some of the most vivid combat cinematography you have ever seen, a touching and dramatic score by nine time Oscar winner Alfred Newman, and some folksy narration by Henry Fonda. Like many World War II period pictures, the facts presented in “The battle of Midway” are not always historically accurate, but there is no denying that these are some of the most powerful images we have of this epic battle, a turning point in World War II. The America people needed a shot in the arm after Pearl Harbor and ‘”The Battle of Midway” supplied it in spades!
The surviving copies of this film have severe color shifts. I did a scene-by-scene digital image restoration.
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