Thunderbirds (1952)

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An Oklahoma National Guard unit, comprised mainly of Native Americans, is called up for duty at the start of World War II.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Gil Hackett
Pvt. Tom McCreery (as John Barrymore Jr.)
Mona Freeman ...
Lt. Ellen Henderson
Gene Evans ...
Sgt. Mike Braggart
Eileen Christy ...
Mary Caldwell
Lt. John McCreery
Sgt. Durkee
Wally Cassell ...
Pfc. Sam Jacobs
Ben Cooper ...
Calvin Jones
Scott Elliott ...
Keith Watson (as Robert Neil)
Pvt. Wes Shelby
Armando Silvestre ...
Cpl. Ralph Mogay
Benny Baker ...
Pvt. Charles Klassen
Norman Budd ...
Pvt. Lou Radtke
Mrs. Jones


An Oklahoma National Guard unit, comprised mainly of Native Americans, is called up for duty at the start of World War II.

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27 November 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les diables de l'Oklahoma  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Chief Whitedeer: [looking at the new division arm patch] Thunderbird, bringer of rain. It is new. Why you change it?
Cpl. Ralph Mogay: I have the old one.
[close-up of Mogay holding the old swastika patch the division had used before]
Cpl. Ralph Mogay: Hitler took our sign.
Chief Whitedeer: Hitler? Oh, the crazy man. You take it back, son.
Cpl. Ralph Mogay: Maybe we will, soon.
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Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
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Native American Code Talkers
9 January 2003 | by (Tulsa, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Even though the "Code Talkers" were Navajo and Marines and in the South Pacific and this film was made in 1952 and even though the Navajo Code Talkers' secrecy was not declassified until 1968, someone knew about it and put a different spin on the facts. I was surprised when it was disclosed only a few years ago about the real code talkers. The Thunderbirds was a nickname for the 45th Infantry Division of Oklahoma. They fought in the European Theatre in World War II. As far as I remember (50 years ago) from the movie there were no Navajos from Oklahoma. Still a good movie for the old Saturday afternoon matinees where we had 5 cartoons, a newsreel and a double feature.

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