Lafayette Escadrille (1958)

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American youth and flying ace flies for France in World War I; meets & loves a French girl & prostitute.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thad Walker
Etchika Choureau ...
Renée Beaulieu
Drill Sergeant
Duke Sinclair
U.S. General
Veola Vonn ...
The Madam
Will Hutchins ...
Dave Putnam
George Moseley
Robert Hover ...
Dave Judd (as Bob Hover)
Arthur Blumenthal
Frank Baylies
Henry Nakamura ...
Maurice Marsac ...
Sgt. Parris
Amos J. Walker
William Wellman Jr. ...
Bill Wellman Sr.


American youth and flying ace flies for France in World War I; meets & loves a French girl & prostitute.

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The young rebel who didn't fit and didn't try...a kid who couldn't wait for his war!


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March 1958 (USA)  »

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The scene where Thad Walker escorts a U.S. General (played by Paul Fix) to a brothel is based on a real incident from William A. Wellman's wartime experience. During the war, Wellman supposedly encountered General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing in a Paris brothel. Several years later, Pershing came to Hollywood to tour the Paramount Studios, where Wellman was working as a cameraman. When Pershing saw Wellman, who was standing in a line of movie technicians, the general said to him, "I'm sure I know you. Have we met before?" Wanting to protect the general's reputation, Wellman replied, "Yes, but I'd rather not say where, sir." Pershing and Wellman later had a private meeting in a back office at the studio, where they talked about their wartime service. The meeting had a positive effect on Wellman's career, as the studio executives took notice of him. Wellman was promoted to Assistant Director, and from there soon became a full Director. 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 »


[first lines]
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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" Somewhere between Abore and Paris, I grew Up "
13 October 2008 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The films involving early flying, aircraft and the conflict of air battle are very interesting. However, due to the limited equipment and the lack of good directors and writers, the earliest offerings of movie flying are greatly lacking. The late great Howard Hughes did one called 'Hells Angels' which was not bad, but difficult to follow. This is one of those attempts. The casting is overloaded with prime star material, in fact this movie has some of the best aspiring talent in Hollywood. If you'll look closely, you'll see, David Janssen, playing Duke Sinclair, Clint Eastwood playing George Moseley, Tom (Billy Jack) Laughlin as Arthur Blumenthal, Paul Fix as the General and Will Hutchins as Dave Putnam. Tab Hunter is Thad Walker in this story which is more love story than W.W.I fighting epic, is fine for it's day, but somewhat of a sleeper for modern audiences. Nvertheless, a good offering of primitive flying and fanciful storyline for it's time. ***

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