Jim Gordon commands a unit of the famed Flying Tigers, the American Volunteer Group which fought the Japanese in China before America’s entry into World War II. Gordon must send his outnumbered band of fighter pilots out against overwhelming odds while juggling the disparate personalities and problems of his fellow flyers. In particular, he must handle the difficulties created by a reckless hot-shot pilot named Woody Jason, who not only wants to fight a one-man war but to waltz off with Gordon’s girlfriend.
Director: David Miller.
Stars: John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee, Paul Kelly, Gordon Jones, Mae Clarke, Addison Richards, Edmund MacDonald, Bill Shirley, Tom Neal, Malcolm ‘Bud’ McTaggart, David Bruce, Chester Gan, Jimmie Dodd, Gregg Barton, John James.
1943 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound, Recording (Daniel J. Bloomberg).
1943 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Special Effects (Howard Lydecker & Daniel J. Bloomberg).
1943 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Music Scoring of a Dramatic/Comedy Picture (Victor Young).
Note: The original, black & white version of this movie is available on DVD but not the colorized version, which was probably only released on VHS.