American youth and flying ace flys for France in World War I; meets & loves a French girl & prostitute.
Did You Know?
This was director William A. Wellman
's last film. Wellman, who had previously directed numerous aviation dramas -- including Wings
(1927), the 1927 winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture -- saw Lafayette Escadrille
(1958) as a tribute to his fellow World War I combat pilots. But the studio, Warner Bros., gave Wellman a very low budget, and Wellman felt he could not make the film he wanted to make. Originally, the film had a tragic ending for Thad Walker and his Parisian bride, but studio head Jack Warner demanded a happy ending. When Wellman refused, the studio took the film away and shot a new ending with Tab Hunter
and Etchika Choureau
. Afterwards, Wellman decided to retire from directing. His son, William Wellman Jr.
later said that his father "just got tired of fighting with the studios." See more
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
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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