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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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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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The Fighting Thunderbirds,,,AND THE GALS WHO LOVE 'EM! See more »


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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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Sgt. Mike Braggart: [in a letter to his wife] You know those trick diets you used to go on, Lou? "Mike," you would say, "reducing is murder." Baby, our orders was to reduce enemy installations. That kind of reducing IS murder.
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America, the Beautiful
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Music by Samuel A. Ward
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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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