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Director:
Writers:
Kenneth Gamet (screen play) &
Barry Trivers (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
8 October 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
NUNCA COMO HASTA AHORA SE FILMO LA GUERRA EL EL AIRE TAN CRUENTA, TAN REAL, TAN VIOLENTA! (original Argentine poster - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
campy and over-the-top fun See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Capt. Jim Gordon
John Carroll ... Woody Jason

Anna Lee ... Brooke Elliott
Paul Kelly ... Hap Davis
Gordon Jones ... Alabama Smith

Mae Clarke ... Verna Bales
Addison Richards ... Col. Lindsay
Edmund MacDonald ... Blackie Bales
Bill Shirley ... Dale
Tom Neal ... Reardon
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ... McCurdy
David Bruce ... Lt. Barton
Chester Gan ... Mike
Jimmie Dodd ... McIntosh (as James Dodd)
Gregg Barton ... Tex Norton
John James ... Selby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Crane ... Airfield Radioman (uncredited)
Elvira Curci ... Hindu Woman (uncredited)
Rico De Montez ... Passenger (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Miller - Injured Pilot (uncredited)
Dan Dowling ... Pilot (uncredited)
Walter Fenner ... American (uncredited)
Willie Fung ... Jim 'Gin' Sling - Waiter (uncredited)
Bill Hunter ... Mechanic (uncredited)

Anne Jeffreys ... Nurse (uncredited)
Allen Jung ... Dr. Tsing's Assistant (uncredited)
Dorothy Kelly ... Nurse (uncredited)
Charles La Torre ... Armenian Passenger (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Repkin (uncredited)

Lotus Long ... Children's Matron (uncredited)
Richard Loo ... Dr. Tsing (uncredited)
Dick Morris ... Pilot (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... Missionairy (uncredited)
José Pérez ... Rangoon Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (voice) (uncredited) (archive footage)
Tom Seidel ... Barratt - Replacement Pilot (uncredited)
Bhogwan Singh ... Hindu Passenger (uncredited)
Eleanor Soohoo ... Chinese Stewardess (uncredited)
Dave Willock ... Jim's Aide (uncredited)
Victor Wong ... Chinese Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
David Miller 
 
Writing credits
Kenneth Gamet (screen play) &
Barry Trivers (screen play)

Kenneth Gamet (original story)

Produced by
Edmund Grainger .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Victor Young (music score)
 
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta (photography) (as Jack Marta)
 
Film Editing by
Ernest J. Nims (film editor) (as Ernest Nims)
 
Art Direction by
Russell Kimball 
 
Set Decoration by
Otto Siegel (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Peggy Gray .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Arthur Siteman .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Al Wilson .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Ford .... assistant director (uncredited)
George Sherman .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Daniel J. Bloomberg .... sound (uncredited)
T.A. Carman .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Yakima Canutt .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Bradford .... location camera (uncredited)
Nels Mathias .... grip (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Palmer .... wardrobe by
 
Music Department
Walter Scharf .... musical director
Herman Hand .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John T. Bourke .... location manager (uncredited)
Sid Davis .... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
Lawrence Moore .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Kenneth Sanger .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
William D. Pawley .... thanks: for the cooperation and technical assistance rendered by, co-founder of The American Volunteer Group
 
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Runtime:
102 min | West Germany:90 min
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Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8468) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
The opening scene shows a Japanese air raid and in the aftermath a crying child is sitting alone amid debris. This scene virtually duplicates a famous photo taken in 1937 and published in Life magazine following a Japanese air raid on Shanghai. (Located in the National Archives, ARC Identifier: 535557)See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:[following Hap's medical examination] Come on in, Hap... I gotta hand you one on the chin, but I'd rather it came from me than from anybody else: You're through flying.
Hap Smith:The doctor said I'd out-live Confucius.
Jim Gordon:Sure, if you stay on the ground... I can't send a man out there who doesn't know whether he's flying upside down or not! Take a look at that eye chart; your depth perception's a mile off! I know you've been gunning 'em since they were box-kites with broomsticks for rudders. But you gotta believe me, I'm doin' this for you! You've been close-winging in formation, overshooting your landings...
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Easy Rider (1969)See more »
Soundtrack:
Battle Hymn of the RepublicSee more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
campy and over-the-top fun, 26 January 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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