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jumjum

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#1 12 years ago

Saw parts of this 1948 movie about a squadron of P-47's, which seemed set about 1943 but used the late-war bubbletop-canopy p-47s. Not really a B-movie, but not top-of-the-line either. More like a B+-movie. Starred Edmund O'Brien (of the original DOA, and a king of the film noir of the 40's-50's). Also Robert Stack, who turned out to be the bigger movie star.

Fairly hokey, with pilots always muttering some tough-guy line just before they pulled the trigger on those dastardly Nazis - who, BTW, flew P-51s which had been painted dark gray and had some German crosses stuck on the wingtips and fuselage. The only thing about them that resembled an Me-109 was the square wingtips, which is why they used them I suppose. But it's enough to make you cringe.

A couple of notable surprises in the movie. The movie portrayed the pilots drinking like fish, which as far as I can tell was pretty accurate.

And there were all those gorgeous huge-ass jugs in the movie. (No, stylie, not those kind.) There were shots of dozens of P-47's lined up, engines on and warming up for take-off. You have to see the P-47s on the ground to get a feel for how incredibly big they were: I think by far the largest-heaviest fighters of the war. The pilots look like they've been set atop a grain silo lying on its side. Beautiful planes. Some painted olive drab, but some were sparkling and paintless, polished like mirrors. Best were those eight M-2 .50's, with the higher rate of fire for use in aircraft. Configured as four guns staggered in each wing, this array, if I am not mistaken, made The Jug the most heavily-armed standard-model fighter the US had in the war. Those eight guns put out something like 100 rounds per second of that vicious .50 caliber bullet.

Just imagine looking up and seeing almost 9 tons of airplane and weapons diving on you, just about to hit you with a short squirt of 300 rounds from guns that used a bullet which could go through a scout car, a truck, and a horse before it went through you laughing all the way, looking for more stuff to tear to shreds. *shudder* It was cool to see all those big birds in the movie.




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#2 12 years ago

I love old movies TCM (turner classic movies) is my favorite movie channel, they play so many classic movies. Aswell as all sorts of war movies most have never heard of. The selection is all over the board so they have something for everyone. You have to look at the scheduling to see whats coming up on a monthly basis. But if you're a movie buff this is one channel to watch. Ive seen this movie Jum is talking about on TCM, aswell as many other similar to it. It's incredible how many war era movies were made using real war footage in many of them. TCM's "Summer Under The Stars" is just starting :) Here's the website for scheduling. (If you get TCM where you live that is :p ) TCM Turner Classic Movies




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#3 12 years ago
jumjum;3816936 And there were all those gorgeous huge-ass jugs in the movie. (No, stylie, not those kind.) There were shots of dozens of P-47's lined up, engines on and warming up for take-off. You have to see the P-47s on the ground to get a feel for how incredibly big they were: I think by far the largest-heaviest fighters of the war. The pilots look like they've been set atop a grain silo lying on its side. Beautiful planes. Some painted olive drab, but some were sparkling and paintless, polished like mirrors. Best were those eight M-2 .50's, with the higher rate of fire for use in aircraft. Configured as four guns staggered in each wing, this array, if I am not mistaken, made The Jug the most heavily-armed standard-model fighter the US had in the war. Those eight guns put out something like 100 rounds per second of that vicious .50 caliber bullet. Just imagine looking up and seeing almost 9 tons of airplane and weapons diving on you, just about to hit you with a short squirt of 300 rounds from guns that used a bullet which could go through a scout car, a truck, and a horse before it went through you laughing all the way, looking for more stuff to tear to shreds. *shudder*

Jesus Christ I feel like I need a cigarette after that.




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#4 12 years ago

I will check out that. Comcast has many free movies on demand and Im always trying to catch up on the classic WWII that I missed like "Guns of Navarone" and The Great Raid.




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#5 12 years ago

jumjum;3816936Saw parts of this 1948 movie about a squadron of P-47's, which seemed set about 1943 but used the late-war bubbletop-canopy p-47s. Not really a B-movie, but not top-of-the-line either. More like a B+-movie. Starred Edmund O'Brien (of the original DOA, and a king of the film noir of the 40's-50's). Also Robert Stack, who turned out to be the bigger movie star.

Fairly hokey, with pilots always muttering some tough-guy line just before they pulled the trigger on those dastardly Nazis - who, BTW, flew P-51s which had been painted dark gray and had some German crosses stuck on the wingtips and fuselage. The only thing about them that resembled an Me-109 was the square wingtips, which is why they used them I suppose. But it's enough to make you cringe.

A couple of notable surprises in the movie. The movie portrayed the pilots drinking like fish, which as far as I can tell was pretty accurate.

And there were all those gorgeous huge-ass jugs in the movie. (No, stylie, not those kind.) There were shots of dozens of P-47's lined up, engines on and warming up for take-off. You have to see the P-47s on the ground to get a feel for how incredibly big they were: I think by far the largest-heaviest fighters of the war. The pilots look like they've been set atop a grain silo lying on its side. Beautiful planes. Some painted olive drab, but some were sparkling and paintless, polished like mirrors. Best were those eight M-2 .50's, with the higher rate of fire for use in aircraft. Configured as four guns staggered in each wing, this array, if I am not mistaken, made The Jug the most heavily-armed standard-model fighter the US had in the war. Those eight guns put out something like 100 rounds per second of that vicious .50 caliber bullet.

Just imagine looking up and seeing almost 9 tons of airplane and weapons diving on you, just about to hit you with a short squirt of 300 rounds from guns that used a bullet which could go through a scout car, a truck, and a horse before it went through you laughing all the way, looking for more stuff to tear to shreds. *shudder* It was cool to see all those big birds in the movie.

jumjum positively paints a pretty picture with his portrayal of proud pilots perched on their planes




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#6 12 years ago

Somebody just learned a new writers tool!




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#7 12 years ago
stylie;3817777Somebody just learned a new writers tool!

sometimes the words just type themselves

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#8 12 years ago

LOL, did anyone catch that show last night on Discovery where they excavated a WWI trench? Unbelievable. Everything is still there, including some bodies.




jumjum

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#9 12 years ago

Dang, I missed that. Would have loved to have seen it. Apparently French farmers in the trench zones even now turn up bones and unexploded ordnance all the time - and just stack them beside the roadside to await the next regularly scheduled WWI detritus pick up.




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#10 12 years ago

Thats really intense, I sad I missed it.




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