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“The Flying Tigers” - World War 2 Fighter Pilot Adventure
released on October 8, 1942
running time 1 hour and 37 minutes

The Actors: John Wayne (Captain Jim Gordon), John Carroll (Woody Jason), Anna Lee (Brooke Elliott), Paul Kelly (Hap Smith), Gordon Jones (Alabama Smith), Mae Clarke (Verna Bales), Addison Richards (Colonel Lindsay), Edmund MacDonald (Blackie Bales), Bill Shirley (Dale), Tom Neal (Reardon), Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart (McCurdy), David Bruce (Lieutenant Barton), Franklin D. Roosevelt (himself, President of the U.S. - radio announcement of Pearl Harbor and declaration of war), Chester Gan (Mike), Jimmy Dodd (McIntosh), Gregg Barton (Tex Norton), John James (Selby), Richard Crane (airfield radio man), Elvira Curci (Hindu woman), Rico De Montez (passenger), Eddie Dew (Miller, injured pilot), Dan Dowling (pilot), Walter Fenner (American), Willy Fung (Jim 'Gin' Sling, waiter), Bill Hunter (mechanic), Anne Jeffreys (mechanic)

John Wayne's First War Movie

Hedy LamarrIn early 1941, before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entry into World War II, the Japanese were at war with China, bombing the Chinese countryside at will. President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized a covert mission in China, funded by U.S. money, to help the Chinese fight the Japanese invaders.

They were called the Flying Tigers, and although they drew most of their pilots from the military, it was never an official American military mission.

A private corporation was set up called the Central Aircraft Manufacturing Company, and all of the pilots and ground crew members were discharded from the military and hired by this company.

The pilots were paid $600 a month plus $500 bonuses for every enemy aircraft shot down. The flight commander, played by John Wayne in this movie, was paid $675 a month.

Their bravery and amazing victories over the Japanese Air Force, along with the famous shark jaw paintings on their planes, made these volunteer fighter pilots some of the most famous and renowned fighters of the World War II era. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

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