Flying Tigers is based on exploits of American flyers in China who took up the cudgels against the Japs long before Pearl Harbor.
Aside from a foreword written by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, paying tribute to the American Volunteer Group who ‘have become the symbol of the invincible strength of the forces now upholding the cause of humanity and justice’, there is nothing to distinguish this film from other conventional aviation yarns.
Handicapped primarily by a threadbare script, production also suffers from slow pacing while John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee and Paul Kelly are barely adequate in the major acting assignments. Some of the scenes look repetitious, the same Jap flyers apparently being shot down and killed three or four times over.
1942: Nominations: Best Scoring of a Dramatic Picture, Sound, Special Effects