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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.

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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
Charles Lane
as Airport official
Tom Seidel
as Barratt
Richard Crane
as Airfield Radio Man
Willie Fung
as Jim, the Waiter
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Critic Reviews for Flying Tigers

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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.

March 9, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
EmanuelLevy.Com

Jingoistic, flag waving John Wayne action, circa 1942.

February 22, 2008 | Rating: 4/5
Video-Reviewmaster.com

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

January 27, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Laramie Movie Scope

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

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

Great, hokey action and romance set in WW2 China

August 9, 2002 | Rating: 4/5
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