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Fighter Squadron (1948)

During World War II, an insubordinate fighter pilot finds the shoe on the other foot when he's promoted.

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Capt. Stuart L. Hamilton
John Rodney ...
Col. William 'Bill' Brickley
Tom D'Andrea ...
M / Sgt. James F. Dolan
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Brig. Gen. Mike McCready
James Holden ...
Lt. Tennessee Atkins
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Capt. Duke Chappell
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Brig. Gen. Mel Gilbert
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Maj. Sanford
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Lt. 'Shorty' Kirk
Bill McLean ...
Pvt. Wilbur (as William McLean)
Mickey McCardle ...
Jacobs
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Captain (scenes deleted) (as Richard Taylor)
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Storyline

At an American air base in England, 1943, is conniving Sergeant Dolan, who manipulates everyone, and insubordinate ace fighter pilot Major Ed Hardin. When Ed is promoted to commander of his group, he must fight his former anti-authority stance as well as the enemy; tension grows as D-Day approaches. Generally lighthearted between moments of technicolor gore; lots of air combat footage, much of it genuine. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Flying Fist of the Air Force! See more »

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Action | War

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27 November 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escuadrón de combate  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed on location at Oscoda Army Air Field (Wurtsmith AFB), Michigan. See more »

Goofs

During the briefing before D-Day; Edmund O'Brien may have misspoken. He stated that one of the squadrons would be loaded with "frag 260s". Two hundred sixty pound bombs were not in the American inventor; but 250 were. See more »

Soundtracks

You're In The Army Now
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Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
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Not a bad WWII movie that I'd never heard of.
1 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first thing that struck me about this movie was the quality of the color, which was excellent. It looked more like a movie made in the 50's than 1948. Like Mr. Padilla, who's informative review also appears in this database, I was momentarily baffled when the enemy planes first appeared in the movie. What's this?, I thought. I know those aren't Messerschmidts, and I recall the Stukas weren't that sleek-looking. What we have here are Mustangs in drag, as it were. I suppose the production company may have used whatever war birds they could lay their hands on. Chaulk one up for artistic license.

Once I got over that, I enjoyed the movie. Hollywood must have made a blue million war movies during and after WWII, and I own copies of at least 50 or so of them, but here's one I'd never seen before, nor even heard of. Most of the actors were pleasantly familiar, with Robert Stack being much younger here than I have before seen him. But towards the end of the movie, when all the pilots were gathered in the Ready Room before a mission, I had to do a double take as I looked at the members of the squad in the background. Is that who I think it is, I thought. Sure 'nuff, after the flick ended I came to this website to check the cast list, and there he was, listed as an unspoken actor, Rock Hudson.

I haven't yet searched to see if this movie is available on VHS or DVD, but I will. I'd like to own a copy.


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