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Lafayette Escadrille (1958)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  March 1958 (USA)
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American youth and flying ace flys for France in World War I; meets & loves a French girl & prostitute.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Thad Walker
Etchika Choureau ...
Renée Beaulieu
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Drill Sergeant
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Duke Sinclair
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U.S. General
Veola Vonn ...
The Madam
Will Hutchins ...
Dave Putnam
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George Moseley
Robert Hover ...
Dave Judd (as Bob Hover)
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Arthur Blumenthal
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Frank Baylies
Henry Nakamura ...
Jimmy
Maurice Marsac ...
Sgt. Parris
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Amos J. Walker
William Wellman Jr. ...
Bill Wellman Sr.
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American youth and flying ace flys for France in World War I; meets & loves a French girl & prostitute.

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William Wellman Jr., the director's son, plays a pilot, Bill Wellman, who is based on his father. See more »

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Aviators in World War I generally didn't wear the high-collar tunics like the one worn by Thad. This is because they needed to be able to turn their heads while flying. Rather, they wore a uniform coat that required a shirt and tie. See more »

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Narrator: A half-forgotten corner of France in a wholly-forgotten war. In memory of the heroes of the Lafayette Escadrille, who died in defense of life and of liberty. This monument, this patch of foreign sky, belongs to a handful of Americans who flew for France and died for France in the First World War. They came with an air of adventure or a sense of impatience in the days before America entered the war. The wore French uniforms, they fought in French planes, and they fell in love with ...
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Romance vs action
28 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie while stationed on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA42 sailing in the Mediterranean sea in 1959. It's true that it was more a romantic than an action movie. However, at the time I was thinking more about meeting women than flying airplanes, and I was completely caught up in the engrossing love story. It was a movie that I walked out of on air, and couldn't get out of my mind for months! My visits to Med ports such as Cannes and Nice, France, Majorca and Barcelona, Spain were totally changed as I looked for, and eventually found, a real-life Renee (although in Majorca not France).

The true action movie of this story has now been made in the form of "Flyboys", which I just saw and liked also. The story had a bit of the romance in it, with a very appealing French girl as well, but told much more of the flying, and heroic side, of the story. Aside from some hooky computer effects, this was a great flying tale, appealing equally to the flier and action fan in me.

Both are highly recommended.


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