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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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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rory Mallinson ...
Guard (scenes deleted)
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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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Release Date:

27 November 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escadrilles de combat  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the first sequence of the fighters returning to their airfield, a wounded pilot is shown making his approach. We then see stock footage of a P-47 making a one-wheeled landing, one gear stuck in the up position. The next scene shows medical personnel aiding the pilot. In the background, his P-47 sits with both landing gear intact. 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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A Good World War II aviation movie.
26 April 2004 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews



I think this movie is good and it should come out of DVD. The movie is World War II aviation action film covering the story of a Fighter Squadron who's leader wants to try new combat tactics in the skies over Europe. I know many people don't like the use of P-51D Mustangs as ME-109s, but there's a perfectly good explanation for it. There were no ME-109s left after the war and those that survived were being studied by American and British aircraft engineers. Don't let that spoil this movie. I actually found it interesting that they did use P-51s. This film also made good use of actual air combat film which gave this film a realistic view at some of the most gripping combat ever. This is a good one, don't miss it.


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