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God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Biography | 7 April 1945 (USA)
During WW2, American volunteer pilots are stationed in China where, as part of the Flying Tigers unit, they dog-fight against Japanese warplanes.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Robert Lee Scott Jr. (book) (as Col. Robert Lee Scott Jr.), Peter Milne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dennis Morgan ... Col. Robert Lee Scott
Dane Clark ... Johnny Petach
Raymond Massey ... Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault
Alan Hale ... Big Mike Harrigan
Andrea King ... Catherine Scott
John Ridgely ... David 'Tex' Hill
Stanley Ridges ... Col. Merian 'Steve' Cooper
Craig Stevens ... Ed Rector
Warren Douglas ... Bob Neale
Mark Stevens ... Sgt. Baldridge (as Stephen Richards)
Charles Smith ... Pvt. Motley
Minor Watson ... Col. Caleb V. Haynes
Richard Loo ... Tokyo Joe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Addison Richards ... (scenes deleted)
Donald Woods ... (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Robert L. Scott has dreamed his whole life of being a fighter pilot, but when war comes he finds himself flying transport planes over The Hump into China. In China, he persuades General Chennault to let him fly with the famed Flying Tigers, the heroic band of airmen who'd been fighting the Japanese long before Pearl Harbor. Scott gets his chance to fight, ultimately engaging in combat with the deadly Japanese pilot known as Tokyo Joe. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The story of the men who flew by faith and fury !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

7 April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mão Que nos Guia See more »

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Budget:

$1,970,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Raymond Massey played General Claire Chennault. Chennault Air Force Base was built in Lake Charles, La. In 1940. See more »

Goofs

The P-40s taking off for the raid at the end of the film have empty racks where the external fuel tanks should be attached. Such a long-range mission would require auxiliary tanks. See more »

Quotes

Big Mike Harrigan: [Last lines] They who had scorned the thought of any strength except their own to lean on learned at length, how fear can sabotage the bravest heart. And human weakness, answering to the prod of terror, calls: "Help us, O God." Then silence lets the silent voice be heard, bringing its message like a spoken word, "Believe. Believe in me. Cast out your fear. Oh, I am not up there beyond the sky, but here, right here in your heart. I am the strength you seek. Believe."... And they believed.
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Referenced in Cheers: Fear Is My Co-Pilot (1986) See more »

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The Flying Tigers
18 January 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This film was made as WWII was ending. The main interest in it was the exciting aerial photography used in it. For a propaganda film, "God Is My Co-Pilot" presents one aspect of the conflict in the Far East. It's a story about bravery and courage as the young pilots of The Flying Tigers fought the conflict.

The story of a war hero, Colonel Robert Scott, is at the center of the film. Col. Scott knew no fear as he took to the air. His comrades, the other pilots of the squadron, admired him deeply as he set a clear example about how to serve his country unselfishly. The air combats shown in the film must have been amazing to the audiences of the time in which the movie was released.

Robert Flarey directed a film that made those young aces heroes in what would become the powerful might of the Air Force in future conflicts. Dennis Morgan was perfect as Col. Scott, the man who knew no fear. Raymond Massey plays General Chennault. Alan Hale appears as the friendly priest Big Mike. Some other familiar faces in the cast, Dane Clark, Mark Stevens, Craig Stevens, and other.

The only thing with the print recently shown by TCM looks as though the film was re-dubbed as the dialog doesn't match the lip movements of the actors in the film.


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