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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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Gordon Jones ...
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Addison Richards ...
Col. Lindsay
Edmund MacDonald ...
Bill Shirley ...
Tom Neal ...
Reardon
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ...
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David Bruce ...
Chester Gan ...
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Jimmie Dodd ...
McIntosh (as James Dodd)
Gregg Barton ...
Tex Norton
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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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STRONG Brave Men Flying In The Face Of Death That We May LIVE See more »

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Action | Drama | War | Romance

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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Theodore Lydecker claimed that no actual aircraft were used in this movie, with the effects being created by Republic Pictures' 15-man special effects department, headed by he and his brother Howard Lydecker. 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: [after Blackie has been shot down and killed] ... C'mon, fellas, you can't pin this on me! If Blackie hadn't opened his chute so soon, it wouldn't have happened!
Hap Smith: Maybe if you'd followed Blackie down, it wouldn't have happened, either! You were nearest to him, and you were in the clear. What happened?
Woody Jason: ...A Mitsi got in my way.
Hap Smith: [bitter] I guess it's easier to see 500 bucks than a pal of yours in trouble.
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That Old Feeling
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Played on a record in the Chinese restaurant
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P-40 replicas used in the film.
15 October 2004 | by (Denton, Texas) – See all my reviews

Being born in 1939 I grew up watching all the John Wayne movies and remember quite well the impact this film had on me and eventually my chosen profession as a pilot. The question that always comes to mind whenever I see the film is; Who built the P-40 Warhawk replicas used in the movie? I assume Curtis-Wright had a hand in it as they are mentioned in the credits. The replicas were done fairly accurately and obviously had an engine and propeller with enough power to taxi. This also means that they had a steerable tailwheel and main landing gear brakes for stopping etc. Noticeable though is that while taxiing you do not see flight control surface movement especially in the rudder which would move with the tailwheel. No aileron movement is observed either, which you would see during taxi over rough ground and the pilot's hand holding the control stick naturally would transmit some vibration to the ailerons. The most obvious difference from the true P-40 is in the area of the canopy and windshield construction, kind of close but not convincing when the actual footage of aircraft taking off shows the true configuration and size of the aircraft. The film is not "TOP GUN" but is always a nice nostalgic event for this old retired pilot.


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