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Fighter Squadron (1948)

 -  Action | War  -  27 November 1948 (USA)
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During World War II, an insubordinate fighter pilot finds the shoe on the other foot when he's promoted.

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Complete credited cast:
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Maj Ed Hardin
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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
Walter Reed ...
Capt. Duke Chappell
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Brig. Gen. Mel Gilbert
Arthur Space ...
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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Those Guys in the Skies with Wings on Their Hearts Bring a Roaring New Thrill to Yours! See more »

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Action | War

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27 November 1948 (USA)  »

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Escadrilles de combat  »

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Film debuts for both Rock Hudson and Jack Larson. See more »

Goofs

Wrong markings on the P-47's. The story is set in England, and is of the 8th Air Force. All 8th AF planes had a three letter alphabetic code system. Two letters ahead of the insignia on the fuselage indicated the squadron of the plane, and a single letter to the rear indicated the plane within the squadron. In the film, there is a two-digit numerical code. This was done by the movie makers to match documentary outtakes from William Wyler's "Thunderbolt", a documentary about 12th air force P-47's. The 12 AF used a two-digit marking to indicate a particular plane. For the same reason, the color bands at the front of the cowlings are only about half as wide as they should be for 8th AF planes. See more »

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Some Sunday Morning
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Music by M.K. Jerome and Ray Heindorf
Played when Stu and Ed are talking in the room after Stu comes back
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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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