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Flying Tigers (1942)

Passed  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  8 October 1942 (USA)
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Capt. Jim Gordon's command of the famed American mercenary fighter group in China is complicated by the recruitment of an old friend who is a reckless hotshot.

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John Carroll ...
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Paul Kelly ...
Gordon Jones ...
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Addison Richards ...
Col. Lindsay
Edmund MacDonald ...
Bill Shirley ...
Tom Neal ...
Reardon
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ...
McCurdy
David Bruce ...
Chester Gan ...
Mike
Jimmie Dodd ...
McIntosh (as James Dodd)
Gregg Barton ...
Tex Norton
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Storyline

Jim Gordon commands a unit of the famed Flying Tigers, the American Volunteer Group which fought the Japanese in China before America's entry into World War II. Gordon must send his outnumbered band of fighter pilots out against overwhelming odds while juggling the disparate personalities and problems of his fellow flyers. In particular, he must handle the difficulties created by a reckless hot-shot pilot named Woody Jason, who not only wants to fight a one-man war but to waltz off with Gordon's girlfriend. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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NUNCA COMO HASTA AHORA SE FILMO LA GUERRA EL EL AIRE TAN CRUENTA, TAN REAL, TAN VIOLENTA! (original Argentine poster - all caps) See more »

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Action | Drama | War | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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8 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De vliegende tijgers  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(archive footage)|

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "Tiger Shark" teeth and eyes painted on the noses of the planes were there for psychological reasons. It was believed that the Japanese, coming from a sea-faring nation, would be frightened of being attacked by sharks. There is no word on whether it had any effect. See more »

Goofs

When Capt. Jim Gordon releases the three containers of nitroglycerin (over the bridge) he looks back into the cargo area of the plane and we see all three of them release simultaneously. Then we cut to the right side of the cargo plane and we see them drop through the bottom of the aircraft one after the other. See more »

Quotes

Woody Jason: [almost crashing into mountain] Pull 'er up!
Jim Gordon: Didja you know I used to drive a roller coaster?
Woody Jason: Delivering nitro?
Jim Gordon: Yesss.
Woody Jason: Were you killed?
Jim Gordon: Uh-huh.
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Connections

Referenced in Tokyo Joe (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

That Old Feeling
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Played on a record in the Chinese restaurant
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One of Wayne's Best WWII Films

Sure the corn flows right along with the fake blood, but this is very good action. The special effects were great, with just one really lousy shot. Wayne is tough, and we win in the end anyway, so why complain. No, this isn't "Saving Private Ryan," but if that had been released in WWII, we would have lost the war. I give this an 8, pilgrim.


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