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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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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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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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(archive footage)|

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's opening prologue is a quote from Kai-Shek Chiang. It states: "Since the Flying Tigers first spread their wings in the skies above China, the enemy learned to fear the intrepid spirit they have displayed in face of his superior numbers. They have become the symbol of the invincible strength of the forces now upholding the cause of justice and humanity. The Chinese people will preserve forever the memory of their glorious achievements." 'Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek' 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

Jim Gordon: Get 'er closer!
Woody Jason: If we get any closer to that bridge, we'll have to pay a toll charge!
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Connections

Featured in That's Action (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

That Old Feeling
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Played on a record in the Chinese restaurant
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Wayne,China,dogfights!
10 August 2001 | by (Honollu,Hawaii) – See all my reviews

Well done action film with good attention to detail.Many critics unfairly derailed this movie as propaganda when it is actually a good peek into that time and place.Mercenaries!Oh my!Many do not want to recall that the U.S. was very much involved in combat with the Japanese long before Pearl Harbor.EGAD!No wonder the backlash.See this one if you like John Wayne and war films.One of the greatest B movies ever as this is the forte of Republic films.There are some historical exaggerations but all done in good taste to condense such large scale events into a short movie......


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