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Lafayette Escadrille (1958)

Director: William A. Wellman

Writers: A. S. Fleischman; William A. Wellman

Music by: Leonard Rosenman

Keywords: Drama, WWI

Tab Hunter plays a juvenile delinquent who fled as a fugitive to join the Lafayette Escadrille (Squadron), a group of American flyers fighting for France in the early days of WWI. However very little time is spend on the Escadrille and far too much on the troubles Hunter makes for himself. Wellman's final picture.

It should be noted that William A. Wellman had flown with Escadrille SPA-87, not Lafayette Escadrille N-124, as Warner publicity material stated. Wellman's own narrative of his experience with the film changed over the years. But he was justifiably bitter regarding the changes he claimed Jack Warner made to his story: "That rotten bastard Jack Warner. He gave my Greek tragedy a Pollyanna ending, then had the balls to call it Lafayette Escadrille when it didn' have a fucking thing to do with the Lafayette Escadrille. I told the dumb bastard it was the Lafayette Flying Corps. All the guys that were still alive thought I was nuts. I told Warner if I ever caught him alone, which in his case was damn near impossible, I'd put him in the hospital." Quoted by Tab Hunter in Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, page 179.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Raymond Bailey
Actor
6-May-1904 15-Apr-1980 Milburn on Beverly Hillbillies
Marcel Dalio
Actor
17-Jul-1900 20-Nov-1983 The Sun Also Rises
Clint Eastwood
Actor
31-May-1930   The Man With No Name
Paul Fix
Actor
13-Mar-1901 14-Oct-1983 Marshal Torrance on The Rifleman
Brett Halsey
Actor
20-Jun-1933   The Young and the Restless
Tab Hunter
Actor
11-Jul-1931   Damn Yankees
Will Hutchins
Actor
5-May-1932   Sugarfoot
David Janssen
Actor
27-Mar-1931 13-Feb-1980 The Fugitive
Tom Laughlin
Actor
10-Aug-1931 12-Dec-2013 Billy Jack

CAST

Starring
Tab Hunter   ...   Thad Walker
Etchika Choureau   ...   Renée
with
Marcel Dalio   ...   Drillmaster
David Janssen   ...   Duke Sinclair
Paul Fix   ...   U.S. General
Veola Vonn   ...   The Madam
Will Hutchins   ...   Dave Putnam
Clint Eastwood   ...   George Moseley
Bob Hover   ...   Dave Judd
Tom Laughlin   ...   Arthur Blumenthal
Brett Halsey   ...   Frank Baylies
Henry Nakamura   ...   Jimmy
Maurice Marsac   ...   Sgt. Parris
Raymond Bailey   ...   Mr. Walker
And Introducing
Bill Wellman, Jr.   ...   Bill Wellman
Jody McCrea   ...   Tom Hitchcock
Dennis Devine   ...   Red Scanlon

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