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Director:
Writers:
Kenneth Gamet (screenplay) &
Barry Trivers (screenplay) ...
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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:
Volunteering for China 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 (as Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart)
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 (screenplay) &
Barry Trivers (screenplay)

Kenneth Gamet (original story)

Produced by
Edmund Grainger .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta (photography) (as Jack Marta)
 
Film Editing by
Ernest J. Nims  (as Ernest Nims)
 
Art Direction by
Russell Kimball 
 
Set Decoration by
Otto Siegel 
 
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
 
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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Language:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Wayne's first war film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Repkin:Jason, what's your position?
Woody Jason:My instruments tell me I'm flying upside-down 500 feet below Lake Michigan, but they must be wrong, because I can see the lights of the field. Run for cover, I'm comin' in!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tokyo Joe (1949)See more »
Soundtrack:
That Old FeelingSee more »

FAQ

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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Volunteering for China, 24 September 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Flying Tigers and God Is My Co-Pilot are the two films out of World War II which are dedicated to the American volunteers who flew for the nascent Chinese Air Force both before and after America officially got into World War II.

Though this film is based on fictional people it holds up a lot better than God Is My Co-Pilot because it avoids the racial stereotyping of the Japanese. The Japanese are seen, but only in aerial combat shots with no dialog. And it's true they did have a nasty habit of machine gunning fliers while they were parachuting down, no avoiding that.

The main plot of the film is John Wayne as the disciplined leader of this particular squadron of Flying Tigers based somewhere in western China and an old and rather undisciplined friend John Carroll in a rivalry over nurse Anna Lee. Carroll's irresponsibility causes the death of one man and maybe another.

Still he's not a bad sort, just an overgrown kid. Carroll actually has the best moment in the film consoling Mae Clarke the widow of one of the Flying Tigers.

Some nice aerial combat shots are in this film and it really should be seen today to explain some of the Chinese attitudes towards the Japanese today. We got into World War II on December 7, 1941 which in fact the men in Wayne's squadron hear about in the film. The Chinese were essentially at war with Japan starting in 1931 with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. It was a longer struggle for them than for any other country.

Other performances of note are Paul Kelly as Wayne's second in command and Gordon Jones are Carroll's sidekick. Check it out if it is shone on TCM.

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