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Fighter Squadron

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U.S. airman Ed Hardin pilots a damaged P-47 Thunderbolt toward a perilous but successful belly flop landing at his fighter-group base in the English countryside. The battered aircraft may never wing into the skies again. Hardin will. "Notify the taxpayer to get me another one," he quips.

Filmmaker Raoul Walsh (Objective, Burma!) is at the controls of this keep-'em-flying Technicolor(r) adventure, augmenting thunderous sky battles with actual wartime footage. Edmond O'Brien portrays Hardin, who tempers his flyboy recklessness when the men of the squadron are entrusted to his leadership. And a former chauffeur for Walsh makes his uncredited screen debut. His name: Rock Hudson.

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  • Actors: Edmond O'Brien, Robert Stack, Rock Hudson, Jack Larson, Henry Hull
  • Directors: Raoul Walsh
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video Archive Collection
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038FPDSS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fighter Squadron" on IMDb

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Contrary to another reviewer who scored this film 1 star, I think this film is a wonderfully nostalgic look back at what was a great second feature film in it's day. Back when this film was released, right up until the 1960's, movie goers would spend a full morning, afternoon or evening AT THE MOVIES. Everyone would watch previews of coming attractions, newsreels and cartoons before the main feature film and then watch a second feature film. The second feature film was usually a new, lesser, B movie. Fighter Squadron is just such a 2nd feature film from 1948.

First of all it's in TECHNICOLOR! It has a rousing musical score. It has comic relief. It has a handsome Gung-ho cast, And it has vivid action scenes including many just released, real, in color, combat fighter footage from WW2. Today, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg could use that footage in a HBO special. This was a movie to show audiences of post-war America the heroic exploits of the young fighter pilots of the 8th Air Force, their determination, their bravado, and their sacrifices; and to entertain them. And to show the audience real aerial combat footage on the Big Screen, in color for the first time. It scores high marks for all these. And it is one of the few Hollywood films where there is no female star.

Keep your eyes open and you will see Rock Hudson in his first (non-speaking and uncredited) film role as one of the 2nd Lieutenants standing around the conference table. Another first film appearance goes to Jack Larson, TV's Jimmy Olsen in The Adventures of Superman. He plays Lt. 'Shorty' Kirk and appears in the latter half of the film but has quite a good speaking role. Tom D'Andrea, who you may recall playing Jim Gillis, the next door neighbor of William Bendix in the 1950's TV series The Life of Reilly serves up the comic relief throughout the film.

I found this film a glorious, exciting and colorful surprise film from the post-war era that is watchable over and over again.
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Saw this last night for 1st time, it was pretty good towards the end. The first 45 mins. sort of drag a little, but each time the fighter boys go out, it feels great. The score got a little too intrusive towards the end, but luckily it was gone by the end run. Max Steiner is okay, but this time the score overwhelmed some of the scenes, especially the serious one; the score has a gayity to it that doesn't go with all the ariel scenes. I've always liked Robert Stack in these type of old WWII movies, he's smoothe and cool throughout. As another review writes, there was some good background info about doing ground runs and dropping tanks at 1st sight of the Germans and the struggles that active duty flyers have with higher ups developing the plans in staff rooms. A good short feel good movie about the Army Air Force doing their thing during WWII.
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An early post-WWII movie done when P-47 Thunderbolts were still available covering the exploits of fighter squadrons in England in 1943. Major stars of the period participated along with a few new actors like Rock Hudson in bit parts. This movie is somewhat of a 'docudrama' as it follows the history fairly well. The aircraft and settings are authentic as the war had just ended and the equipment and locations were still redily available for use. P-51 Mustands were used to portray Bf-109s but that is reasonable as I am sure the supply of flyable 109s were kind of thin. The drama is straightforward and somewhat "Hollywood" although kept in a serious vein. This film is more tribute to the flyers and the American part of the war than anything else. This is well worth the purchase price partly as history and really for WWII airplane buffs.
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By toad93 on September 1, 2012
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Fighter Squadron / This is a good flick but lacks imagination bad plot tries to be funny and serious hard to do with a WWII movie. I rate this movie as OK for 2 reasons . 1st reason it shows the P-47 Thunderbolt very few movies do. 2nd reason actual combat footage..

Reasons not to like P-51 Mustangs playing German fighters
there were enough German fighters around should have used those primarily Bf-109's

The markings on the aircraft were not correct Expecially D-Day markings when fliming the D-Day missions there were none Major FUbar
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Warner Bros. Pictures presents "FIGHTER SQUADRON" (1948) (96 min/Color) -- Starring Edmond O'Brien, Robert Stack, Henry Hull, James Holden, Walter Reed, Tom D'Andrea & Jack Larson

Directed by Raoul Walsh

At an American air base in England in 1943, insubordinate ace fighter pilot Ed Hardin (Edmond O'Brien) is promoted to commander of his group. Now he must fight his former anti-authority stance as well as the enemy - tension grows as D-Day approaches.

The star of this film is the combat footage. Lots and lots of great color footage of planes, some of them making emergency landings and airborne kills.

Special footnote: -- A few notables here: the excellent Technicolor photography; 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); making his first screen appearance, in a role so small it isn't even billed, is a former truck driver named Rock Hudson

Another top notch score by Warner's number one composer Max Steiner

BIOS:
1. Raoul Walsh (Director)
Date of Birth: 11 March 1887 - New York, New York
Date of Death: 31 December 1980 - Simi Valley, California

2. Edmond O'Brien [aka: Redmond O'Brien]
Date of Birth: 10 September 1915 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 9 May 1985 - Inglewood, California

3. Robert Stack [aka: Robert Langford Modini Stack]
Date of Birth: 13 January 1919 - Los Angeles, California
Date of Death: 14 May 2003 - Beverly Hills, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 96 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (May 28, 2010)
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