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Kenneth Gamet (screen play) &
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Release Date:
8 October 1942 (USA) See more »
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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
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"You may serve the soup course now Pappy!" See more (35 total) »


  (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)
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
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)
William D. Pawley .... thanks: for the cooperation and technical assistance rendered by, co-founder of The American Volunteer Group
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
102 min | West Germany:90 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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)

Did You Know?

Some clips of the dogfights and Japanese ack-ack guns were from confiscated Japanese newsreels.See more »
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 »
Jim Gordon:I hope you two had a good time, 'cause Hap paid the check.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tokyo Joe (1949)See more »
Battle Hymn of the RepublicSee more »


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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
"You may serve the soup course now Pappy!", 7 August 2005
Author: classicsoncall from United States

The "Flying Tigers" gets off the ground early as Commander Jim Gordon (John Wayne) leads his blue group fighters into exciting aerial battle against the Japanese. The film takes a look at an American band of mercenary fliers defending China just prior to our entry into World War II. For historical perspective, there's a scene right after Gordon chastises hot shot flier Woody Jason (John Carroll) for missing a night time reconnaissance flight; on Gordon's desk is a calendar with the date - Sunday December 7, 1941. President Truman's declaration of war is listened to intently by the squadron on the radio, and soon after the Tigers get orders to take out a railroad supply line.

In between aerial dog fights, Gordon has his hands full managing the aforementioned loose cannon Jason, an old friend who thinks the war was made just for him. He sees each Japanese opponent as another five hundred dollar bounty, and is too impressed with himself to follow orders, even when it leads to disastrous results. The set up though allows Jason to lead the movie to it's predictable ending, in which he redeems himself by ramming a damaged transport plane into a Japanese rail car loaded with military supplies. This right after giving parachuted buddy Gordon the old Geronimo out the plane's door before disobeying orders one last time.

John Wayne's romantic interest in the movie is suitably portrayed by Anna Lee, her character a nurse at the air base tending to Chinese children and wounded fliers when necessary. Other supporting players of note include Paul Kelly as Commander Gordon's Number #2 man Hap Smith, and Gordon Jones as Alabama, who has a fondness for saying "I'm getting that old feeling" whenever hot shot Jason makes an appearance. Jones looks a bit out of place in the film, perhaps I've seen him too many times playing the foil to Abbott and Costello in any number of their own movies and TV shows.

Both as a war film and a John Wayne vehicle, "Flying Tigers" is generally adequate, taking some liberties from a historical viewpoint to be considered entirely accurate. For fans of the "Duke", it's the type of action adventure in which he excels, combining elements of courage and heroism on which his fame as an entertainer rests.

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