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Lafayette Escadrille -- The brave Americans who flew for France before the U.S. entered World War I are saluted in Lafayette Escadrille, a rousing and flavorful adventure filled with flyboy camaraderie.


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Albert Sidney Fleischman (screen play)
William A. Wellman (from a story by)
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Release Date:
March 1958 (USA) See more »
The young rebel who didn't fit and didn't try...a kid who couldn't wait for his war!
American youth and flying ace flies for France in World War I; meets & loves a French girl & prostitute. | Add synopsis »
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" Somewhere between Abore and Paris, I grew Up " See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)

Tab Hunter ... Thad Walker

Etchika Choureau ... Renée Beaulieu

Marcel Dalio ... Drill Sergeant

David Janssen ... Duke Sinclair

Paul Fix ... U.S. General
Veola Vonn ... The Madam
Will Hutchins ... Dave Putnam

Clint Eastwood ... George Moseley
Robert Hover ... Dave Judd (as Bob Hover)

Tom Laughlin ... Arthur Blumenthal

Brett Halsey ... Frank Baylies
Henry Nakamura ... Jimmy
Maurice Marsac ... Sgt. Parris

Raymond Bailey ... Amos J. Walker
William Wellman Jr. ... Bill Wellman Sr.

Jody McCrea ... Tom Hitchcock
Denny Devine ... Lawrence 'Red' Scanlon (as Dennis Devine)
Ralph Guldahl ... Dudley Tucker
Sam Boghosian ... Booth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Adams ... Landram Ovington (uncredited)
John Barton ... Peg Leg (uncredited)
Robert Berry ... Alan Winslow (uncredited)
Ron Burke ... Herman Whitmore (uncredited)
Peter Camlin ... Jailer (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... French Officer / Baseball Spectator (uncredited)
Warren Coley ... Rankin Drew (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... Interpreter (uncredited)
Norman Dupont ... Guynemer (uncredited)
Andre K. Duval ... French Officer (uncredited)
Maurice Elias ... Alan Nichols (uncredited)
Christian Essay ... Frenchman (uncredited)
Sterling Franck ... Charlie (uncredited)
Jacques Gallo ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Louis J. Gasnier ... Bartender (uncredited)

Craig Hill ... Lufbery (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Les Johnson ... Jim Connelly (uncredited)
John Macchia ... Kinsolving (uncredited)
Edward Manouk ... French Drill Sergeant (uncredited)
Bart Mattson ... George Dock (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Captain Honore (uncredited)
Maurice Millard ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Concierge (uncredited)
Norman Papson ... Thomas Buffum (uncredited)
Francis Ravel ... French Gate Guard (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Policeman (uncredited)
Buck Roberts ... Stewart Edgar (uncredited)
Ray Smith ... Cy Chamberlain (uncredited)

James Stacy ... Alan Nichols (uncredited)
Lomax Study ... French Recruiting Officer (uncredited)
Gus Thaxter ... Crehore (uncredited)
Roger Til ... Capitaine (uncredited)
Mme. Wagner-Colombet ... Old Hag (uncredited)
Tom Watson ... Chuck Kerwood (uncredited)

William A. Wellman ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

James Westmoreland ... Wally Winter (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Wellman 
Writing credits
Albert Sidney Fleischman (screen play)

William A. Wellman (from a story by)

Produced by
William A. Wellman .... producer
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks 
Production Design by
Donald A. Peters 
Art Direction by
John Beckman 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Best 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Jean Burt Reilly .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Vieira .... second unit director
William Kissell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Gilbert Mandelik .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Robey Cooper .... assistant props (uncredited)
Matthew McCullen .... assistant props (uncredited)
Scotty Moore .... prop master (uncredited)
Sound Department
John K. Kean .... sound
Russell Ashley .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Samuel F. Goode .... boom operator (uncredited)
William Griffith .... radio man (uncredited)
Barry Thomas .... cable person (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sass Bedig .... special effects (uncredited)
Ralph Webb .... special effects (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Leon Albert .... assistant camera: aerial unit (uncredited)
Wesley Anderson .... camera operator (uncredited)
William T. Cline .... second camera operator: aerial unit (uncredited)
Richard Doran .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert R. Farmer .... best boy (uncredited)
Elmer Faubion .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Ray Fernstrom .... first camera operator: aerial unit (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ralph Owen .... gaffer (uncredited)
Jack Woods .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Henry Fields .... wardrobe (uncredited)
James Gilmore .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ann Landers .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Leon Roberts .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Location Management
Joe Barry .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
James D. White .... pilot
Joe DeAngelo .... stand-in (uncredited)
Paul Franklin .... pilot (uncredited)
Harry B. Friedman .... publicist (uncredited)
Howard Hohler .... script supervisor (uncredited)
John Indrisano .... trainer: fight sequence (uncredited)
Mike Morelli .... stand-in (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe .... stand-in: Tab Hunter (uncredited)
Frank Tallman .... aviation technical director (uncredited)
Bob Taylor .... stand-in (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"C'est la guerre" - USA (alternative title)
"William Wellman's Lafayette Escadrille" - USA (complete title)
"With You in My Arms" - USA (alternative title)
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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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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 »
Factual errors: 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...
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
" Somewhere between Abore and Paris, I grew Up ", 13 October 2008
Author: thinker1691 from USA

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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