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Lafayette Escadrille (1958)

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

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Albert Sidney Fleischman (screen play), William A. Wellman (from a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tab Hunter ... Thad Walker
Etchika Choureau ... Renée Beaulieu
Marcel Dalio ... Drill Sergeant
David Janssen ... Duke Sinclair
Paul Fix ... U.S. General
Veola Vonn Veola Vonn ... The Madam
Will Hutchins ... Dave Putnam
Clint Eastwood ... George Moseley
Robert Hover 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.
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 February 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

C'est la guerre See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 Gen. John J. Pershing (aka "Black Jack") in a Paris brothel. Several years later Pershing came to Hollywood to tour the Paramount lot, 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. He was promoted to assistant director, and from there soon became a full director. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[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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And Introducing Bill Wellman, Jr. Jody McCrae Dennis Devine See more »

Alternate Versions

There are two versions of the film: in one the main characters marry each other happily, in the other Tab Hunter's character dies and Etchika Choureau's commits suicide. See more »

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Another one no to bother with
6 October 2005 | by rudge49See all my reviews

This movie is another one on my List of Movies Not To Bother With. Saw it 40 years ago as an adolescent, stayed up late to do so, was very annoyed to find that it was about 95% romance,4% everything else, 1% history if that. It's what I call a bait and switch movie, one with an interesting title, the actual movie is a scam. This is a subject which deserves a good cinematic treatment, this movie is almost an insult to those who served. The actual members of the Lafayette Escadrille were not on the run from the law nor were they the products of abusive homes, they were in reality idealists who wanted to do something to help France. And I suspect many of them came from a more upper class background than Tab Hunter's character. Flying school is not for the smart alecks and the know it alls, an individual such as the one portrayed here wouldn't have lasted two days, it would have either been the stockade or the infantry. Discipline in the French Army was often rather fierce. In short, another Hollywierd version of an historical episode that deserves proper treatment.


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