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Flying Tigers (1942)

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The Flying Tigers were a group of American volunteer aviators, flying against the Japanese on behalf of General Claire Chennault and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-Shek in the months just prior to World War II. John Wayne is the most responsible of the bunch, and John Carroll the least. It's bad enough that Carroll tries to beat Wayne's time with pretty Red Cross nurse Anna Lee; but when Carroll's negligence results in the death of veteran-flyer Paul Kelly, the man becomes a pariah to the rest of the pilots. Unable to serve in World War II due to health reasons, John Wayne spent the duration licking the Japanese and the Germans in front of a Republic Studios process screen.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Runtime:
Studio:
Republic

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Cast

John Wayne
as Jim Gordon
John Carroll
as Woody Jason
Anna Lee
as Brooke Elliott
Paul Kelly
as Hap Davis
Gordon Jones
as Alabama Smith
Mae Clarke
as Verna Bales
Addison Richards
as Col. Lindsay
Edmund MacDonald
as Blackie Bales
Tom Neal
as Reardon
David Bruce
as Lt. Barton
Jimmie Dodd
as McIntosh
Gregg Barton
as Tex Norton
John James
as Selby
Charles Lane
as Airport official
Tom Seidel
as Barratt
Richard Loo
as Doctor
Richard Crane
as Airfield Radio Man
Willie Fung
as Jim, the Waiter
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Critic Reviews for Flying Tigers

All Critics (8)

As a war film, it's weak, but thematically, it is significant for introducing the two-generational conflicts that defined most of John Wayne's features, war, adventures, and Westerns.

Full Review… | March 9, 2008
EmanuelLevy.Com

Jingoistic, flag waving John Wayne action, circa 1942.

February 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

While the plot is a clunky and the message heavyhanded, the acting is generally good.

Full Review… | January 27, 2007
Laramie Movie Scope

The film's best scenes are reserved for the 1930s style airplane dog-fights.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Great, hokey action and romance set in WW2 China

August 9, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Flying Tigers

½

This was a really good movie. Good 40's style drama, good action sequences mostly model work and pretty inspired dogfights. A much better film than the Flying Leathernecks.

Bobby Diablo
Bobby Diablo

BETTER THAN AVERAGE JOHN WAYNE FILM, ONE OF HIS BEST FROM THE EARLY 40'S. HE PLAYS AN ACE WW2 PILOT IN THIS RATHER ORDINARY WAR FLICK.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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