Thunder Birds

Thunder Birds

Gene Tierney
Director: William Wellman Cast: Gene Tierney
Gene Tierney
, Preston S. Foster
Preston S. Foster
, John Sutton
John Sutton
William Wellman


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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).

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2006
UPC: 0024543244653
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:18:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Fox movietone news footage; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Tierney Kay Saunders
Preston S. Foster Steve Britt
John Sutton Peter Stackhouse
Jack Holt Col. McDonald
May Whitty Lady Stackhouse
George Barbier Grampa
Richard Haydn George Lockwood
Ted North Cadet Hackzell
Janis Carter Blonde
Nana Bryant Mrs. Black
Iris Adrian Saleswoman
Viola Moore Nurse
Connie Leon Ellen
Walter Tetley Messenger
Richard Woodruff English Cadet
John Gunther Special Commentary
Peter Lawford British Cadet
Joyce Compton Saleswoman
Reginald Denny Barrett
Bess Flowers Nurse
Selmar Jackson Man
C. Montague Shaw Doctor
Harry Strang Forest Ranger
Charles Tannen Recording

Technical Credits
William Wellman Director
James Basevi Art Director
David Buttolph Score Composer
Richard Day Art Director
Paul Mantz Stunts
Ernest Palmer Cinematographer
Walter Thompson Editor
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Lamar Trotti Producer,Screenwriter
Darryl F. Zanuck Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Thunder Birds
1. Main Titles [1:16]
2. Thunder Bird Field [2:06]
3. Steve Britt Returns [3:57]
4. Old Flame [:11]
5. The New Instructor [3:58]
6. Souvenir [2:44]
7. Peter's Reason [4:22]
8. On Leave For a Day [2:25]
9. The Red Cross [1:58]
10. First Date [5:47]
11. Love Triangle [1:53]
12. Challenge [3:59]
13. The Check Flight [:28]
14. Standing Up For Stackhouse [5:21]
15. The Fourth of July Party [2:38]
16. Final Test [4:24]
17. Solo, and In Trouble [2:46]
18. Washed Out [2:42]
19. Interfering at The USO Dance [2:17]
20. These Are the Thunder Birds / End Titles [3:58]

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