Flying Tigers (1942) - Action, Drama, Romance

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96

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Capt. Jim Gordon's command of the famed American mercenary fighter group in China is complicated by the recruitment of an old friend who is a reckless hotshot.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: David Miller
Stars: John Wayne, John Carroll
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 14 out of 35 found boring (40%)

One-line Reviews (26)

I just saw Flying Tigers for the tenth or so time on AMC, and I really enjoyed it.

Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an okay movie overall but-like most films produced during World War 2-it has it's fair share of propaganda.

The ending is dramatic and thrilling in equal measure.

WWII propaganda is entertaining John Wayne film...

Exciting WW2 actioner about flight commander John Wayne and his crew having to deal with hot shot pilot John Carroll's recklessness.

Lee's love interest is drab and never makes an impact.

This film, made in 1942, is naught but a US propaganda film.

John Wayne was swiftly hired to play the pilot mercenary leader in a propaganda movie a year later.

Everybody's performance feels a bit empty and wooden.

More propaganda for the then war effort.

The plot is predictable from the second that we meet Jim's friend Woody and it is apparent that his attitude and love for women will cause friction that will probably be sorted out as the needs of the country increase.

The plane scenes are some of the most boring scenes in cinematic history.

This is an important caveat, but the inaccuracy allows for one of the very first and best examples of that classic movie cliché, where a dramatic scene ends with a glimpse of a desk calendar showing the date "Dec.

Yes it's a propaganda piece; yes it's a bit cheesy; yes it's not accurate.

The "Flying Tigers" gets off the ground early as Commander Jim Gordon (John Wayne) leads his blue group fighters into exciting aerial battle against the Japanese.

Not much different than other war stories about the Pacific, but lacking in some of the clichés that made others trite and stereotypical.

As a result with the additional cast of John Carroll, Paul Kelly, Gordon Jones and Edmund MacDonald as 'Blackie Bales' the movie succeeds in creating a rousing yarn of heroic young men and the niche they created over the Asian skies.

As John Wayne stares into the distance while socialist president FDR drones on from the radio about "Days of Infamy," you can tell that he's thinking "Some day my grandchild will drive a Lexus.

The set up though allows Jason to lead the movie to it's predictable ending, in which he redeems himself by ramming a damaged transport plane into a Japanese rail car loaded with military supplies.

While all basically true, it has all the expected touches of a WWII American propaganda film.

The real star of the piece is John Carroll playing the brash young ace who undergoes an intriguing character arc and is far more complex than the trappings of the genre would have you assume.

Carroll is pretty poor and it is the fault of his obvious character – at least Wayne is meant to be solid and predictable, Carroll just seems clichéd.

Watching it now it doesn't do this and all we are left with is a thin, predictable plot, a poor romance and some OK dog-fights with models.

But hot-to-trot Brooke lures key pilot Woody from his duty station for a night on the town, since Woody is much better looking than Wayne's Jim, her stodgy steady.

This John Wayne movie has some excellent action scenes but is saddled with too much melodrama in the shape of a boring dumb blonde and tacky propaganda touches.

The film is so programmed and artificial, it's difficult to recommend - but, many in the cast are enjoyable, and they've included some good, action-packed aerial footage.