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Flying Tigers (1942)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 8 October 1942 (USA)
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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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 | Romance | War

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8 October 1942 (USA)  »

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Yanks Over Singapore  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie broke all box office records for Republic Pictures by a large margin and was one of the top grossing movies of the year. See more »

Goofs

When Woody takes off in the unarmed ship, the rudder of his plane is shown being shot to pieces by a Japanese plane. In the rest of the sequence, the dive and the final landing, the rudder is undamaged. 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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Connections

Referenced in The War: FUBAR: September 1944 - December 1944 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(uncredited)
Music by William Steffe (1856)
Played as background at the end
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Tigers Opted Out
24 July 2005 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

Several friends of mine flew with the AVG. One of them who attended the premiere (c. October '42) recalls that he and a couple other Tigers were so embarrassed by the film that they were caught sneaking out of the theater.

However, the loathing of John Wayne contained in other reviews on this site demonstrates a total lack of objectivity. Wayne was 35 at the time of Pearl Harbor, and not even his friendship with then-Cdr. John Ford could get him accepted for military service. (according to one bio, his distinctive walk resulted from a football injury.) On one tour of the Pacific, Wayne got dead drunk with some fighter pilots in New Guinea. They placed his inert form on a cot and carried it into the middle of the compound and allowed him to awake with a hangover: stark naked. He rolled over and went back to sleep...

Whatever anybody thinks of Wayne or the Vietnam War, he was still visiting troops in-country at age 63.


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