Fighter Squadron (1948)





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Excellent Technicolor photography, principally in the aerial scenes, is the main asset of the cliché-ridden Fighter Squadron. Set in the months just prior to D-Day, the plot zeroes in on Marjor Ed Hardin (Edmond O'Brien) leader of a squadron of fearless combat pilots. In keeping with the conventions of the era, the training and flying sequences are counterbalanced with comic byplay involving wheeler-dealer Sergeant Dolan (Tom D'Andrea), whose flippant attitudes towards the opposite sex are a bit hard to take today. Far more effective is the performance of 15-year-old Jack Larson, making his screen debut in the role of a rookie pilot who grows up in a hurry after scoring his first kill (Larson later gained TV immortality as Jimmy Olsen on Superman). Also making his first screen appearance, in a role so small it isn't even billed, is a former truck driver named Rock Hudson.
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Franco London Films


Edmond O'Brien
as Maj. Ed Harden
Robert Stack
as Capt. Stu Hamilton
Henry Hull
as Maj. Gen. Mike McCready
John Rodney
as Col. Bill Brickley
Tom D'Andrea
as Sgt. Dolan
James Holden
as Tennessee
Walter Reed
as Capt. Duke Chappell
Shepperd Strudwick
as Brig. Gen. M. Gilbert
Arthur Space
as Maj. Sanford
Jack Larson
as Shorty
George Backus
as Sentry
Joel Allen
as Sentry
Gilchrist Stuart
as English Photographer
Elliott Dare
as English Photographer
Guy Kingsford
as English Photographer
Bill Cabanne
as Control Tower Operator
Robert Manning
as Bomber Pilot
Dick Paxton
as Turret Gunner
George Adrian
as German Pilot
Harry McKim
as Ball Turret Gunner
Patricia Northrup
as Blonde Girl
John McGuire
as Maj. Duncan
Rock Hudson
as Lieutenant
Don Phillips
as Lieutenant
Jack Grant
as Projectionist
John Royce
as German Radio Operator
Carl Harbaugh
as Cockney
Willy Wickerhauser
as German Pilot
Geza Remy
as German Pilot
Charles Lind
as Beagle Operator
Jeff Richards
as Captain
William Yetter Jr.
as German Radio Operator
Hallene Hill
as Old Lady
Jean Fenwick
as Lady Woodbine
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An enjoyable film loaded with typical WWII-movie clichés. Directed by Raoul Walsh, the best aspect of this movie is the actual aerial combat footage that was incorporated into the flying sequences augmented by the close-ups and tracking shots that were filmed in Technicolor. A minor distraction to some might be the use of P-51 Mustangs, painted with Luftwaffe markings, as Me-109s. Along with the camera footage is a stirring background score by Max Steiner. The cast was uniformly excellent. Edmond O'Brien starred as the seat-of-the-pants flier who must amend is ways when he is promoted to commander of the squadron. Robert Stack, Tom D'Andrea, Shepperd Strudwick, and James Holden and Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen from The Adventures of Superman television series) round out the squadron. We're also introduced to a one line appearance by Rock Hudson in his first film role. Sometimes predictable and pales in comparison to a similarly themed "Twelve O'clock High" but very worthwhile. .

John Tandlich
John Tandlich

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