Flying Tigers

Flying Tigers

David Miller (1942)

PG Certificate


Our Score
A very average wartime John Wayne feature, singing the praises of the American Volunteer Group, the mercenaries who fought for China's freedom against superior Japanese forces in the days before Pearl Harbor. Director David Miller provides some well-staged action sequences, but Wayne and his co-star John Carroll struggle with the contrived plot. This kind of adventure would have benefited from a major studio and the combined star power of, say, Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable. The Victor Young score helps a bit, but this is only routine fare.


An American pilot leads a squadron of volunteer aviators to help China's fledgling air force fight the Japanese during the Second World War. However, he has to contend with the consequences when the actions of an arrogant hotshot pilot lead to the death of a fellow veteran airman. Drama, starring John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee and Paul Kelly.

Cast & Crew

Jim Gordon John Wayne
Woody Jason John Carroll
Brooke Elliott Anna Lee
Hap Davis Paul Kelly
Alabama Smith Gordon Jones
Verna Bales Mae Clarke
Col Lindsay Addison Richards
Blackie Bales Edmund MacDonald
Director David Miller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp LtdAvailable on: video and DVD