In 1818 Alabama, French settlers are pitted against greedy land-grabber Blake Randolph but Kentucky militiaman John Breen, who's smitten with French gal Fleurette De Marchand, comes to the settlers' aid.
Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in.
Jim Gordon commands a unit of the famed Flying Tigers, the American Volunteer Group which fought the Japanese in China before America's entry into World War II. Gordon must send his outnumbered band of fighter pilots out against overwhelming odds while juggling the disparate personalities and problems of his fellow flyers. In particular, he must handle the difficulties created by a reckless hot-shot pilot named Woody Jason, who not only wants to fight a one-man war but to waltz off with Gordon's girlfriend.Written by
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The "Tiger Shark" teeth and eyes painted on the noses of the planes were there for psychological reasons. It was believed that the Japanese, coming from a seafaring nation, would be frightened of being attacked by sharks. There is no word on whether it had any effect. See more »
The Japanese fighters that the Flying Tigers meet in combat are Nakajima Ki.27 'Nates', which were the most common Japanese Army fighters over China in the early part of the war. Whilst some aspects of the Ki.27 are correctly replicated, its wing is not the right shape and, most of all, it fires four wing guns. The Ki.27, like all early Japanese Army fighters, carried only a nose mounted armament of two 7.7mm machine guns. This lightweight armament, plus the type's non-armoured construction and low-powered engine, was typical of Japanese Army fighters until quite late in WW2. The P-40 was superior in almost every department, apart from manoeuvrability, which the Flying Tigers compensated for by developing tactics such as diving down from a high altitude, shooting and then continuing the dive to avoid dogfighting. See more »
[following Hap's medical examination]
Come on in, Hap... I gotta hand you one on the chin, but I'd rather it came from me than from anybody else: You're through flying.
The doctor said I'd out-live Confucius.
Sure, if you stay on the ground... I can't send a man out there who doesn't know whether he's flying upside down or not! Take a look at that eye chart; your depth perception's a mile off! I know you've been gunning 'em since they were box-kites with broomsticks for rudders. But you gotta ...
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Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this motion picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »
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I am a real sucker for some of the old Republic films--particularly the wartime films. Yes, I know they are NOT artistic masterpieces and the movies of course take advantage of many cinema clichés BUT they also deliver wonderful, if somewhat low-brow, entertainment.
Despite John Wayne being billed as the lead, he is in fact somewhat of a background figure during much of the movie. Instead, the main focus seems to be on the incredibly glib and cocky John Carrol. He's a jerk and he's terribly selfish but boy can he fly. And, Wayne, being an old pal of Carrol's knows that down deep Carrol will prove himself in the end.
Along the way, we are treated to a liberal dose of the nobility of our Chinese comrades in arms as well as the inherent decency of our volunteer pilots. While all basically true, it has all the expected touches of a WWII American propaganda film. For me, that's not really a bad thing, as this film and others like it succeed in being great entertainment. In fact, because of this, I have seen this film several times. It's not exactly deep or sophisticated, but sometimes we NEED a film we can just enjoy and not think too deeply about.
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