It's a flight action film where the combat "footage" is strictly verbal. The plot centers on an U. S. Army Air Force squadron stationed at a remote airfield somewhere in or near Australia during the latter part of WWII. The outfit has been invincible. They have shot down a fair amount of Japanese aircraft without loosing one pilot. If I remember correctly, they're flying P40's a plane that was at its' best before the war. There is a romantic side to the plot, but I was too young to pay it much attention to it.
A cast of feature and B actors give solid performances. Nearly all of them went on to extended careers in the movies and television.
The radio reports from the air battles are vivid and well played. The 1948 audience had very little trouble visualizing the pitched combat. To most of us the pictures conjured up by the verbal descriptions were much more life like than anything that TV could offer at that time. "---------------- I repeat. They've got a plane, much better that the Zero!------------------------"
Yes. We knew how to see the action!
Some notes: 1948 gave us other military action films that survive today only on television. "Beyond Glory" with Alan Ladd is a story about a decorated Army Capt. who enrolls at West Point after the war. Look for an early Audie Murphy appearance. "Fighter Squadron" staring Edmond O'Brian & Robert Stack was also released during that peacetime year. Lots of P-47 combat film here.
I would like to see all three on DVD.
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