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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.


John H. Auer


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




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


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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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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Technical Specs


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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America, the Beautiful
Music by Samuel A. Ward
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Great WW2 movie
23 December 2004 | by DILO-1See all my reviews

I have seen this movie on 16mm film, because I own a copy I have NEVER seen this title on TV, Cable or on VHS/DVD. Can somebody PLEASE tell me why? Even in Review books on movies the story, is wrong. Most movie books tell about aviators before World War Two and it is actually about an Oklahoma National guard unit called up for active at the start of the war. I have made several inquiries to Turner Classic movies and have received nothing back when I asked about this movie. I have also tried to Contact Republic Pictures Corporation but it seems they are out of business. This film is produced by Herbert Yates, the same producer who did The Sands of Iwo Jima. Please, I would like to save this film for future Generations to enjoy.

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