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Thunderbirds (1952)

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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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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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
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Music by Samuel A. Ward
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Fair movie about a Great infantry division
10 February 2007 | by mdaviddobsonSee all my reviews

I have only seen this movie once, when I was about 14 years old, but I was thrilled that they made a movie about the 45th Division. Being from Oklahoma and especially now that both of my sons are members of the 45th, I would like to see it released on a DVD. I may sound a little bias but the 45th Division sometimes does not get the recognition it deserves today. The History channel always talks about the other infantry divisions when it talks about WW2 and Korea but you rarely hear it mention the 45th. One of the scene that really stood out for me was when the had the Indian Code Talkers at work and the puzzled look on the German soldiers faces when they could not understand this language. I am glad that all of the Native American Code Talkers are getting the recognition they deserve.


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