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Thunder Birds: Soldiers of the Air (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 19 October 1942 (USA)
A veteran American flyer trains new recruits, including the acrophobic son of his dead war buddy. Complications arise when the younger man falls in love with his mentor's girl.

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Cast

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Steve Britt
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Peter Stackhouse
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Colonel MacDonald
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Lady Jane Stackhouse (as Dame May Whitty)
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Col. Cyrus P. 'Gramps' Saunders
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George Lockwood
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Barrett
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Cadet Hackzell
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Blonde Red Cross Nurse Trainee
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Doctor
Viola Moore ...
Nurse
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Mrs. Blake
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Saleswoman
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Nurse
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Storyline

Technicolor tale of honor and romance. This drama from 1942 was directed by Oscar-winner William A. Wellman, and features stunning aerial photography, that was highly advanced for the time. John Sutton stars as Peter Stackhouse, a British aviophobe who is nonetheless determined to become a pilot. Stackhouse's resolution comes from his desire to serve his country, and his strength is recognized by Steve Britt (Preston Foster), who becomes his patient teacher. The two men's bond is tested, however, when they both fall for the same girl (Gene Tierney). Written by R. Alberts

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For two pilots, one woman became a conflict of interest.

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Drama | Romance | War

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19 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Tommy in the U.S.A.  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is set and second unit filming takes place at Thunderbird Field, later renamed Thunderbird Field No. 1 after completion of a second field with the same name. It was located on Greenway Road and 59th Avenue in Glendale, Arizona and is today home for the Thunderbird Global School of Management.

The field was built by Del Webb in 1939 and was a business investment for several actors and producers including Jimmy Stewart. See more »

Quotes

Peter Stackhouse: I hope you're not angry?
Kay Saunders: That you were interested in my legs? Why not at all. That's what they're there for.
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Soundtracks

Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me
(uncredited)
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Played at the Fourth of July celebration
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Gene Tierney's hair in one little scene....exquisite.
14 June 2017 | by (houston) – See all my reviews

This isn't a review but this is the only website I know of that even remotely deals with subtle nuances one might have seen in a little known movie that features the lovely Gene Tierney in one of her first big films. This little gem directed by the great William Wellman has a scene in it where Gene steps out of the shower with ringlets in her hair that were captured by the Technicolor light in such a way as to take my breath away and have never forgotten it. Her hair was usually shown dry and perfectly coiffed and this is the only movie of hers I know where those fantastic ringlets were shown.

Thank you, IMDb for letting this love-sick Gene Tierney fan express his admiration for an actress from Hollywood's Golden Age.


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