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Fighter Squadron (1948)

During World War II, an insubordinate fighter pilot finds the shoe on the other foot when he's promoted.


Raoul Walsh


Seton I. Miller, Martin Rackin (additional dialogue)

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Complete credited cast:
Edmond O'Brien ... Maj Ed Hardin
Robert Stack ... Capt. Stuart L. Hamilton
John Rodney ... Col. William 'Bill' Brickley
Tom D'Andrea ... M / Sgt. James F. Dolan
Henry Hull ... Brig. Gen. Mike McCready
James Holden James Holden ... Lt. Tennessee Atkins
Walter Reed ... Capt. Duke Chappell
Shepperd Strudwick ... Brig. Gen. Mel Gilbert
Arthur Space ... Maj. Sanford
Jack Larson ... Lt. 'Shorty' Kirk
Bill McLean ... Pvt. Wilbur (as William McLean)
Mickey McCardle Mickey McCardle ... Jacobs
Jeff Richards ... Captain (scenes deleted) (as Richard Taylor)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rory Mallinson ... Guard (scenes deleted)


At an American air base in England, 1943, is conniving Sergeant Dolan, who manipulates everyone, and insubordinate ace fighter pilot Major Ed Hardin. When Ed is promoted to commander of his group, he must fight his former anti-authority stance as well as the enemy; tension grows as D-Day approaches. Generally lighthearted between moments of technicolor gore; lots of air combat footage, much of it genuine. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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English | German

Release Date:

27 November 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escuadrón de combate See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film debut of Rock Hudson. See more »


At the start we see on a sign that this is "Herfordshire USAAF 3RD Fighter Group " , there is no such county in England , there is a Herefordshire , and the more likely Hertfordshire . See more »


Yankee Doodle
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Not a bad WWII movie that I'd never heard of.
1 October 2005 | by ww33bizSee all my reviews

The first thing that struck me about this movie was the quality of the color, which was excellent. It looked more like a movie made in the 50's than 1948. Like Mr. Padilla, who's informative review also appears in this database, I was momentarily baffled when the enemy planes first appeared in the movie. What's this?, I thought. I know those aren't Messerschmidts, and I recall the Stukas weren't that sleek-looking. What we have here are Mustangs in drag, as it were. I suppose the production company may have used whatever war birds they could lay their hands on. Chaulk one up for artistic license.

Once I got over that, I enjoyed the movie. Hollywood must have made a blue million war movies during and after WWII, and I own copies of at least 50 or so of them, but here's one I'd never seen before, nor even heard of. Most of the actors were pleasantly familiar, with Robert Stack being much younger here than I have before seen him. But towards the end of the movie, when all the pilots were gathered in the Ready Room before a mission, I had to do a double take as I looked at the members of the squad in the background. Is that who I think it is, I thought. Sure 'nuff, after the flick ended I came to this website to check the cast list, and there he was, listed as an unspoken actor, Rock Hudson.

I haven't yet searched to see if this movie is available on VHS or DVD, but I will. I'd like to own a copy.

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