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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Carroll ...
Woody Jason
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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 (as Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart)
David Bruce ...
Lt. Barton
Chester Gan ...
Mike
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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Action | Drama | War | Romance

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8 October 1942 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Howard Lydecker and Theodore Lydecker, Republic Pictures' special effects wizards, shot all outdoor effects shots around Santa Fe, New Mexico, in order to take advantage of the impressive cloud formations. See more »

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In the initial air battle, the AVG shoots down a dual-engine bomber. The following actual footage shows a single-engine fighter craft hitting the ground. See more »

Quotes

[Woody has "broken the camel's back", by getting Hap killed]
Jim Gordon: There's an army truck out of here for Rangoon the day after tomorrow. Be on it.
Woody Jason: Don't say that, Jim!
Jim Gordon: Until then, you're confined to your quarters.
Woody Jason: I'm still a good flier, Jim! I'll knock down five Japs for every one of our boys!
Jim Gordon: It's out of my hands now. None of THESE men will ever fly with you again. And they HAVE to fly.
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Battle Hymn of the Republic
(uncredited)
Music by William Steffe (1856)
Played as background at the end
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campy and over-the-top fun
26 January 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am a real sucker for some of the old Republic films--particularly the wartime films. Yes, I know they are NOT artistic masterpieces and the movies of course take advantage of many cinema clichés BUT they also deliver wonderful, if somewhat low-brow, entertainment.

Despite John Wayne being billed as the lead, he is in fact somewhat of a background figure during much of the movie. Instead, the main focus seems to be on the incredibly glib and cocky John Carrol. He's a jerk and he's terribly selfish but boy can he fly. And, Wayne, being an old pal of Carrol's knows that down deep Carrol will prove himself in the end.

Along the way, we are treated to a liberal dose of the nobility of our Chinese comrades in arms as well as the inherent decency of our volunteer pilots. While all basically true, it has all the expected touches of a WWII American propaganda film. For me, that's not really a bad thing, as this film and others like it succeed in being great entertainment. In fact, because of this, I have seen this film several times. It's not exactly deep or sophisticated, but sometimes we NEED a film we can just enjoy and not think too deeply about.


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