Thunder Birds (1942)

Genres - Romance, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Release Date - Oct 19, 1942 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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On a secluded base in Arizona, veteran World War One pilot Steve Britt (Preston Foster) trains flyers to fight in World War Two. One of his trainees, Englishman Peter Stackhouse (John Sutton), competes with Britt for the affections of Kay Saunders (Gene Tierney), the daughter of a local rancher. Despite their differences, Britt makes sure Sutton passes his training and becomes a combat pilot -- even though he loses Kay to the young man in the process. Note the photos of director (and former flying ace) Wellman, which are used as the pictures of Sutton's father displayed by Britt and Sutton's grandmother, Lady Stackhouse (Dame May Whitty).

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war, barnstorming, competition, flight, instructor, love, love-triangle, rival, student, affection, director, flying, youth