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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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M / Sgt. James F. Dolan
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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
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Pvt. Wilbur (as William McLean)
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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)  »

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Escuadrón de combate  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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According to a biography of Rock Hudson, it required 38 takes to get his one and only line performed correctly to director Walsh's satisfaction. See more »

Goofs

As with many Hollywood war movies, the salutes between officers are incorrect. The junior officer salutes first and holds his salute until the superior officer returns it. Also, Private Wilbur and Master Sergeant Dolan salute each other, something enlisted personnel do not do; nor do privates call sergeants "sir." It is unclear whether this is a mistake or Dolan purposely keeps Wilbur ignorant of military protocol; although late in the movie Wilber (now a master sergeant after Dolan is busted) renders a proper, snappy salute to an officer. See more »

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Corny and cardboard as they come, but TERRIFIC footage
17 November 2006 | by (www.Korova.com) – See all my reviews

If what you want is a thoughtful, authentic war drama, look elsewhere. This one's hilariously typecast, predictable, rigidly rah-rah, and ... gorgeous in Technicolor. The side story about the conniving sergeant is amusing, but distracting. The dialog is delivered with rapid-fire precision by the accomplished cast, so don't sneeze or you'll miss something.

The star of the picture is the combat footage. Lots and lots of great color footage of planes, some of them making emergency landings and airborne kills.

Oh, and look for a mighty young Rock Hudson in the squadron.


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