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Fighter Squadron
     

Fighter Squadron

Director: Raoul Walsh,

Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Robert Stack, John Rodney

 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/2010
UPC:
0883316231913
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
9,453

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edmond O'Brien Maj. Ed Hardin
Robert Stack Capt. Stu Hamilton
John Rodney Col. Bill Brickley
Tom D'Andrea Sgt. Dolan
Henry Hull Brig. Gen. Mike McCready
James Holden Tennessee
Walter Reed Capt. Duke Chappell
Shepperd Strudwick Brig. Gen. M. Gilbert
Arthur Space Maj. Sanford
Jack Larson Lt. "Shorty" Kirk
William McLean Pvt. Wilbur
Mickey McCardle Jacobs
Joel Allen Sentry
George Backus Actor
Jean Fenwick Lady Woodbine
Jack Grant Projectionist
Carl Harbaugh Cockney
Hallene Hill Old Lady
Guy Kingsford English Photographer
Charles Lind Beagle Operator
Robert Manning Bomber Pilot
John McGuire Maj. Duncan
Harry McKim Ball Turret Gunner
John Morgan Gunner
Dick Paxton Turret Gunner
Don Phillips Lieutenant
Jeff Richards Captain
John Royce German Radio Operator
Gilchrist Stuart Actor
William Yetter Actor
Bill Cabanne Control Tower Operator
George Adrian German Pilot
Patricia Northrup Blonde Girl
Willy Wickerhauser Actor
Rock Hudson Lieutenant

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
Wilfrid M. Cline Cinematographer
Roy Davidson Special Effects
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
John Holden Special Effects
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Seton Miller Producer,Screenwriter
Christian Nyby Editor
Norman Pringle Makeup
Martin Rackin Screenwriter
Lyle B. Reifsnider Set Decoration/Design
Ted Smith Art Director
Max Steiner Score Composer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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