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- kevin sellers
Should be called "Six O'Clock High" since it's about half as good as the Greg Peck movie that came out a year later and is on the same general topic of the officers and men of a U.S. Air Force unit in England in WW2. Basically, the aerial combat stuff is wonderful (albeit a couple scenes look suspiciously like they were shot over the Mojave Desert which I'm fairly certain was not a theatre of operations in WW2) and all the stuff on the ground is not, featuring as it does too neatly and easily resolved conflicts (i.e. Edmund O'Brien vs. Sheppherd Strudwick and O' Brien vs. Bob Stack) endless air force jargon (if I had to hear one more comment about "belly tanks" I was gonna go belly up) and women laced banter, and some pretty lame attempts at comedy (i.e. Tom D'Andrea and the cats and Jimmy Olsen, cub fighter pilot). Also, there is not one decent actor in the cast. What we are given instead is an agglomeration of scenery chewers (O'Brien/Henry Hull) stiff, wooden types (Stack/Strudwick/John Hardin) and lame-o comics (D'Andrea/Jack Larsen). Give it a C plus, mostly for the dogfights. P.S. At least we're spared flashbacks to Stack's girlfriend/fiancee. Thank you, screenwriters Seton Miller and Marty Rackin!
Request for this to recorded on DVD
- Dr. Paul Hagan
It is my profound request that the entire movie "Fighter Squadron" be placed on DVD and then available for sale immediately. This movie impressed me in my careet path of becoming a Clincal Pathologist, and joining the USAF.The film is just something that must be saved and placed on DVD and then for sale. Please, do this without fail. I saw this film when it was released in 1948 at the age of 10, and vowed to have something to do with flying and the USAF.Truly one of the best inspirational films.
Where's The Video?
- Gale Belle
Of all the movies concerning avation in war time, how can you not record this one on disc.!!!!!!!! It is a must for me. There's not a lot of living left for me. GIVE US THE VIDEO, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- dave beane
I saw this movie first run in 1948, as a child. I was enamored of flying before I saw the movie. It ignited in me an ambition to be a pilot when I grew up, especially a fighter pilot. After graduating from Penn State in 1960, I enlisted in the Air Force, and managed to qualify for pilot training. I made fighters, and flew Phantom's in 'Nam. Came through that OK, and went to the airlines after my enlistment was up. Flew for a major carrier until my retirement in 1997. Still flying, but now a homebuilt aircraft. Loved that movie. Never forgot it.
What a superb piece of aviation history!
- Steve Chirigotis
Many people, especially aviation and history buffs,are missing the boat here, by not appreciating this film-this is a superb capturing of WWII European Theater aviation- a P-47 fighter-bomber squadron in action,filmed shortly after the war, with the original aircraft(who cares if they have different squadron colors?),and many of the original flyers.So, the story seems a little hammy(the actors are great,and under-apprecated)-but not entirely,if you've EVER been in a combat air wing,it's like a cutting-edge sports team-with winning involving killing the enemy in the air and on the ground,while trying to stay alive-they even show the terrible attrition rate.Liken it to a modern aviation version of the film, "300". It still gives me a thrill to see those birds fly-so it will for any other flyer, who still has any heart.It hooks you and gets you into the spirit-it's the "Top Gun" of it's time !
It's time for a DVD release!
You will never see a film such as this that showcases the venerable P-47 Thunderbolts! The actual gun-camera footages seen on this film only enhances the very powerfull image of the T-bolts in action. A great and fun WWII aerial combat flick to watch everytime!I saw this film for the 'umpteenth time' and it never fails to bore me everytime. Once this movie is released on DVD, it will be 'prized' among my other great DVD collections of Classic Hollywood Aviation genre films. They don't make these kinds of movies anymore, so a DVD format is highly welcomed!
Great movie and it's great to see a movie focusing on the P-47 for once. The Thunderbolt protected my father-in-law when he flew B-17 missions over Germany. It's painful to watch the German Messerschmidts in this movie being played by P-51's though! That profile is just too easily identifiable as Mustang.
Where was John Derek?
- Tony Correll
Can anyone say why John Derek is not listed among the other actors in this movie? He appeared here in a prominate role. In any other sites relating to his movie career "Fighter Squadron" is not mentioned there either. Any ideas about that?
- Stan Jarmel
Like many Airplane Buffs and also a remote control Radio Flyer this movie has it all action comedy and great flying scenes I could watch it over and over beside the P-47 is one of my favorite planes I would like to see it on DVD because one of the reasons is tthat your company dose not play this movie very often as you do others just to name one is that touch of mink with Doris Day etc sincerly Stan Jarmel
For the P-47 lovers.
- Joey Ocampo
This is the film for all P-47 Thunderbolt advocates!
- Henry Sanchez
I saw this movie when it first came out and several more times since then. I can't imagine why this film hasn't been made available for home viewing.
on fighter squadron
- chuck kiley
this is a ww2 classic . i do not see how it has been overlooked by those who decide which titles to release or show on the various movie channels. it ranks right up there with anything john wayne did. it is a color film which leads to its credibility as a classic war movie. lets get it out there!!