Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
ReFocus: The Films of Delmer Daves$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Matthew Carter and Andrew Nelson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403016

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403016.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 04 March 2021

Partial Rehabilitation: Task Force and the Case of Billy Mitchell

Partial Rehabilitation: Task Force and the Case of Billy Mitchell

(p.184) Chapter 9 Partial Rehabilitation: Task Force and the Case of Billy Mitchell
ReFocus: The Films of Delmer Daves

Andrew Howe

Edinburgh University Press

Andrew Howe provides an account of one of Daves’ war films. Task Force is a biopic of General Billy Mitchell who, during the 1920s, tirelessly advocated for the concept of the aircraft carrier as the future of naval warfare. In his analysis, Howe posits three central figures: Daves as writer-director, Billy Mitchell as historical inspiration, and lead-actor Gary Cooper, who plays Mitchell’s fictional treatment in the film, Jonathan L. Scott. The chapter situates its analysis of ‘Mitchell’ within the context of the early Cold War years and of the Hollywood of the time. In the case of the latter, it discusses Hollywood’s post-War obsession with the subject of aerial warfare. In contrast to other contributors in this collection, Howe suggests Daves’ greater quality was as a writer, rather than a director, and ranks his best scripting efforts – Task Force included – alongside those of Alfred Hitchcock and Nicholas Ray.

Keywords:   War films, Gen. Billy Mitchell, Gary Cooper, World War 2, Cold War, Hollywood

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.