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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 ...
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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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)  »

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De vliegende tijgers  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The AVG did not engage in any combat prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Their first combat mission against the Japanese was December 20, 1941. See more »

Quotes

Jim Gordon: [after Woody joins a sortie against Jim's orders, in a fighter without ammo or a radio, and gets himself shot down] Where do you think you are, with some broken-down flying circus?
Woody Jason: Aw, it would've been a cinch; I was ridin' the murder-spot right above those Jap bombers! If I had ammo, I'd have blown them clear out of China!
Jim Gordon: Instead, you wasted a good ship!
Woody Jason: Hey, you talk like that crate's more important than me.
Jim Gordon: I can't afford to lose planes OR pilots...
Woody Jason: It's like I told you earlier, Pappy: All I...
[...]
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Featured in Special Effects: Anything Can Happen (1996) See more »

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That Old Feeling
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Played on a record in the Chinese restaurant
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Second-rate, but lovable
9 August 2000 | by (Northridge, Ca) – See all my reviews

Yes, this is a second-rate John Wayne war film (which probably makes it a third or fourth-rate movie for some). Its story resembles a Pat O'Brien/James Cagney military actioner of the thirties, or maybe even the Spencer Tracy/Clark Gable flight movie TEST PILOT, more than it does the real story of the Flying Tigers. Wayne plays the paternalistic leader always telling the hot shot to play with the team; ironically, it was because the Army Air Force wanted to deflate the cowboy attitude and emphasize team work that the real Flying Tigers got disbanded. Despite the corn and cliches, Wayne and the movie are lovable. Like all war movies made between 1942-1945, it's also an eye-opening time capsule.


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