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Thunderbirds (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 27 November 1952 (USA)
An Oklahoma National Guard unit, comprised mainly of Native Americans, is called up for duty at the start of World War II.

Director:

John H. Auer

Writers:

Kenneth Gamet (story), Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Derek ... Lt. Gil Hackett
John Drew Barrymore ... Pvt. Tom McCreery (as John Barrymore Jr.)
Mona Freeman ... Lt. Ellen Henderson
Gene Evans ... Sgt. Mike Braggart
Eileen Christy ... Mary Caldwell
Ward Bond ... Lt. John McCreery
Barton MacLane ... Sgt. Durkee
Wally Cassell ... Pfc. Sam Jacobs
Ben Cooper ... Calvin Jones
Scott Elliott ... Keith Watson (as Robert Neil)
Slim Pickens ... Pvt. Wes Shelby
Armando Silvestre ... Cpl. Ralph Mogay
Benny Baker ... Pvt. Charles Klassen
Norman Budd ... Pvt. Lou Radtke
Mae Clarke ... Mrs. Jones
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Storyline

An Oklahoma National Guard unit, comprised mainly of Native Americans, is called up for duty at the start of World War II.

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From the Girls They Left Behind...To the Beaches of Salerno! THESE ARE THE KIDS WHO WON A MAN-SIZE WAR! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les diables de l'Oklahoma See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Sill, Oklahoma, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sgt. Mike Braggart: [in a letter to his wife] You know those trick diets you used to go on, Lou? "Mike," you would say, "reducing is murder." Baby, our orders was to reduce enemy installations. That kind of reducing IS murder.
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Soundtracks

America, the Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward
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Our citizen soldiers
3 November 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Thunderbirds is a tribute to the war service of the Oklahoma National Guard which was activated in 1940 before America's entry into World War II and the action they saw.

The film which nicely blends in actual battle footage with the ensemble cast focuses on two members of the Guard who were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma John Derek and John Drew Barrymore. When they are activated and the guard mixed in with other troops the whole film starts to look like an updated version of The Fighting 69th.

The top sergeant of the regiment is Ward Bond. He's carrying a deep dark secret from the first World War and no pun intended a bond with Barrymore that John Drew knows nothing of. It's the main plot line of the film.

Some good and believable characters blended in with clichéd military types you find in most war films of the era.

By the way, Thunderbird is the insignia of the Oklahoma National Guard. It's a decent war film from Republic Pictures.


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