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Thunderbirds (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 27 November 1952 (USA)
An Oklahoma National Guard unit, comprised mainly of Native Americans, is called up for duty at the start of World War II.

Director:

John H. Auer

Writers:

Kenneth Gamet (story), Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Derek ... Lt. Gil Hackett
John Drew Barrymore ... Pvt. Tom McCreery (as John Barrymore Jr.)
Mona Freeman ... Lt. Ellen Henderson
Gene Evans ... Sgt. Mike Braggart
Eileen Christy ... Mary Caldwell
Ward Bond ... Lt. John McCreery
Barton MacLane ... Sgt. Durkee
Wally Cassell ... Pfc. Sam Jacobs
Ben Cooper ... Calvin Jones
Scott Elliott ... Keith Watson (as Robert Neil)
Slim Pickens ... Pvt. Wes Shelby
Armando Silvestre ... Cpl. Ralph Mogay
Benny Baker ... Pvt. Charles Klassen
Norman Budd ... Pvt. Lou Radtke
Mae Clarke ... Mrs. Jones
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An Oklahoma National Guard unit, comprised mainly of Native Americans, is called up for duty at the start of World War II.

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Thrill-packed adventure drama! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les diables de l'Oklahoma See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Sill, Oklahoma, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Chief Whitedeer: [looking at the new division arm patch] Thunderbird, bringer of rain. It is new. Why you change it?
Cpl. Ralph Mogay: I have the old one.
[close-up of Mogay holding the old swastika patch the division had used before]
Cpl. Ralph Mogay: Hitler took our sign.
Chief Whitedeer: Hitler? Oh, the crazy man. You take it back, son.
Cpl. Ralph Mogay: Maybe we will, soon.
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Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
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Fair movie about a Great infantry division
10 February 2007 | by mdaviddobsonSee all my reviews

I have only seen this movie once, when I was about 14 years old, but I was thrilled that they made a movie about the 45th Division. Being from Oklahoma and especially now that both of my sons are members of the 45th, I would like to see it released on a DVD. I may sound a little bias but the 45th Division sometimes does not get the recognition it deserves today. The History channel always talks about the other infantry divisions when it talks about WW2 and Korea but you rarely hear it mention the 45th. One of the scene that really stood out for me was when the had the Indian Code Talkers at work and the puzzled look on the German soldiers faces when they could not understand this language. I am glad that all of the Native American Code Talkers are getting the recognition they deserve.


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