Flying Tigers (October 8, 1942)
Released on October 8, 1942: (running time 1 hour and 41 minutes) John Wayne heads the all star cast telling the true story of the famous Flying Tigers fighter pilots in the skies over China.
Directed by David Miller
Written by Kenneth Gamet and Barry Trivers
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), Allen Jung (Dr. Tsing's assistant), Dorothy Kelly (nurse), Charles La Torre (Armenian passenger), Charles Lane (Repkin), Lotus Long (children's matron), Richard Loo (Doctor Tsing), Dick Morris (pilot), Nestor Paiva (missionary), Jose Perez (Rangoon hotel clerk), Tom Seidel (Barratt, replacement pilot), Bhogwan Singh (Hindu passenger), Eleanor Soohoo (Chinese stewardess), Dave Willock (Jim's aide), Victor Wong (Chinese passenger)
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John Wayne's First War Movie
In 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.
John Wayne and John Carroll in Flying Tigers
Anna Lee and John Carroll
John Wayne and Anna Lee
Anna Lee watches the skies in Flying Tigers
Bill Shirley in Flying Tigers
Charles Lane and John Wayne in Flying Tigers
David Bruce in Flying Tigers
Gordon Jones in Flying Tigers
Gordon Jones as Alabama Smith in Flying Tigers
Gordon Jones gest an exam in Flying Tigers
John Carroll in Flying Tigers
John Carroll and Gordon Smith arrive at the Flying Tigers air base
John Wayne in the Flying Tigers office
John Wayne and Addison Richards plan the suicide mission
John Wayne and Anna Lee greet replacement pilot Tom Seidel
John Wayne and Anna Lee try to enjoy a quiet dinner in the small Chinese restaurant
Anna Lee and John Wayne
John Wayne and Jimmie Dodd in The Flying Tigers
John Wayne and Paul Kelly in the Flying Tigers barracks
John Wayne and Paul Kelly return from an air fight
John Wayne in the cockpit in Flying Tigers
John Wayne and Addison Richards
Lotus Long and Anna Lee at the orphanage
Lotus Long in Flying Tigers
Mae Clarke, Edmund MacDonald and John Wayne
Mae Clarke and Edmund MacDonald
Mae Clarke pleads to John Wayne to allow her husband to fly with the Flying Tigers
Mae Clarke learns that her husband is dead in Flying Tigers
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart and John Carroll in Flying Tigers
Paul Kelly in Flying Tigers
Paul Kelly and Anna Lee
Paul Kelly in the cockpit of his plane in Flying Tigers
Richard Crane on the radio at the Flying Tigers headquarters
Willie Fung as Jim 'Gin' Sling in Flying Tigers