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Thunderbirds (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 27 November 1952 (USA)
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

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Lt. Gil Hackett
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Pvt. Tom McCreery (as John Barrymore Jr.)
Mona Freeman ...
Lt. Ellen Henderson
Gene Evans ...
Sgt. Mike Braggart
Eileen Christy ...
Mary Caldwell
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Lt. John McCreery
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Sgt. Durkee
Wally Cassell ...
Pfc. Sam Jacobs
Ben Cooper ...
Calvin Jones
Scott Elliott ...
Keith Watson (as Robert Neil)
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Pvt. Wes Shelby
Armando Silvestre ...
Cpl. Ralph Mogay
Benny Baker ...
Pvt. Charles Klassen
Norman Budd ...
Pvt. Lou Radtke
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Mrs. Jones
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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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THESE ARE THE KIDS WHO WON A MAN-SIZED WAR AND WERE NEVER LONELY, WHEREVER THEY WERE! See more »


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27 November 1952 (USA)  »

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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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America, the Beautiful
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Music by Samuel A. Ward
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Swastika Patch
12 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite moments from this film is early on when an Osage chief, who's talking to a man he just gave a trophy to, asks him why they changed patches to the Thunderbird, and the man shows the old patch, which was a swastika. The man tells the chief, "Hitler took it." The chief says, "Hitler? Oh, crazy man. You take it back son." I understand if you can find an original 45th Division Swastika patch, it's very valuable. I also wish we knew who the chief was. And, the Osages did use their language in real life to confound the Germans. Just so our friend who spoke of the Navajos knows. This is a great flick, and if it's ever on video, get it.


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