Lafayette Escadrille

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‘Wings’ director William A. Wellman returns to his time as an aviator during the war for this paean to the American volunteers who flew with the French Air Force. Thad Walker (Tab Hunter) arrives in Paris after being thrown out of his wealthy father’s... read more
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‘Wings’ director William A. Wellman returns to his time as an aviator during the war for this paean to the American volunteers who flew with the French Air Force. Thad Walker (Tab Hunter) arrives in Paris after being thrown out of his wealthy father’s home, and signs up for the Lafayette Escadrille along with some other expatriates. Whilst his peers progress through training, Thad falls in love with a local girl and his priorities change. Later, when he reconnects with his battle-experienced friends and America joins the war effort, Thad is convinced to sign up, fly a mission with the squadron and become a hero.

Original Release

02/28/1958

Cast

Tab Hunter Thad Walker
Etchika Choureau Renée Beaulieu
Marcel Dalio Drill Sergeant
David Janssen Duke Sinclair
Paul Fix U.S. General
Clint Eastwood George Moseley
William Wellman Jr. Bill Wellman Sr.
Veola Vonn The Madam
Will Hutchins Dave Putnam
Robert Hover Dave Judd (as Bob Hover)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

William A. Wellman

Writers

Albert Sidney Fleischman, William A. Wellman

Cast

Tab Hunter Thad Walker
Etchika Choureau Renée Beaulieu
Marcel Dalio Drill Sergeant
David Janssen Duke Sinclair
Paul Fix U.S. General
Clint Eastwood George Moseley
William Wellman Jr. Bill Wellman Sr.
Veola Vonn The Madam
Will Hutchins Dave Putnam
Robert Hover Dave Judd (as Bob Hover)
Tom Laughlin Arthur Blumenthal
Brett Halsey Frank Baylies
Henry Nakamura Jimmy
Maurice Marsac Sgt. Parris
Raymond Bailey Amos J. Walker
Jody McCrea Tom Hitchcock
Denny Devine Lawrence 'Red' Scanlon (as Dennis Devine)
Ralph Guldahl Dudley Tucker
Sam Boghosian Booth
William A. Wellman Narrator

Producers

Editors

Owen Marks

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