The Hunters

Synopsis: In 1952, as the Korean War rages on, American officers land in Kyoto. Among them are Major Ceve Saville, assigned to a fighter squadron, and Lieutenant Carl Abbott. The latter neglects his charming wife Kristina, who is sinking into bitterness. In Korea, Saville meets again Colonel Dutch Imil, a former brother in arms as well as other friends. Back in Japan Saville falls in love with forsaken Kristina, which arouses Abbott's jealousy. The two men turn into implacable rivals. But during a mission against Chinese Migs, Abbott is hurt and Saville decides to rescue him...
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Dick Powell
Production: Fox
108 min

Colonel Armstrong, MG.

You're scheduled | to fly out for Seoul at 1800 hours.

You can rest in the lounge. | Over here through the door.



Major, you're billeted tonight in BOQ ten.

We'll fly you out to Seoul | tomorrow at 1000 hours.

From there you'll go by bus | to the 54th group at K-13.

Thank you, sir.

Martini, please, very dry.

Pardon me, Major, | but aren't you Cleve Saville?

- Yes. | - I'm Gifford, the club officer.

- You wouldn't remember me. | - I'm sorry.

I was a second lieutenant | with your wing in London.

- Really? | - Mm-hm. What's your assignment in Korea?

- 54th Fighter Group. | - 54th. They're the rough ones.

- I guess you'd like to be flying with them. | - I am.

- Oh, I just thought... | - Deskjob? No, not yet, I'm glad to say.

By the way, | there's a 54th pilot in here for a weekend.

Yeah, there he is. | Lieutenant Abbott. Lieutenant.

Lieutenant, this officer's assigned | to your group. This is Major Saville.

Carl Abbott. Hello.

- Well, it was nice to have seen you, Major. | - Thank you.

- Do you want a drink? | - Just got one.

Kevin, give me a double bourbon, will you? | And fill the major's up when he's through.

Oh, man.

I got a sinus. It's chewin' me up. | You ever have a sinus? It's murder.

- Wait. You're Cleve Saville. | - That's what he said.

It's this sinus. I didn't connect. | Sure, we've been expecting you.

Some of the guys | are already trying to get in your command.

- It may be a different war... | - It's a lousy war.

I was gonna say, it may be a different war, | but nothing else has changed.

You still find everything out for yourself. | What command?

- Squadron. Colonel Imil passed the word. | - Imil?

Yeah. Dutch Imil. He... | Oh, this sinus. I gotta have another drink.

Kevin, put one on the fire, will you?

He's our group commander. | He flew with you.

I remember Imil. | We were in the same flight in London.

Yeah. He goes way back too.

The golden boy of '44. | The first of the jet pilots.

A killer. A hunter.

He eats two steaks at a sitting. | The world is too small for him.

The only thing a fighter pilot needs is | confidence - and he's got enough for all of us.

- When do you report? | - I fly out to Seoul at 1000 tomorrow.

That's my flight. | Do you want to have dinner with me?

- I'm meeting a gal at the Ichi-Ban restaurant. | - No, not if you have a date.

Major, I want you to come. OK?

- All right. Thanks. | - We'll have just one more and then we'll go.

Kevin. You're neglecting me.

Tell the driver I'll be right back, will you?

- Do you have a table for a Lieutenant Abbott? | - Yes, sir. There is someone waiting for him.

No, thank you. I'm not staying.

He will take you, sir.

Do you, uh, speak English?

Fairly well, I think.

Somehow, in a place like this, | I expected you to be Japanese.

- I am waiting for someone. | - Yes, I know. Lieutenant Abbott.


I came to tell you he won't be here.

It isn't like him to send a substitute.

Well, I'm not, but neither is it a bad idea.

- Where is Lieutenant Abbott? | - As a matter of fact, he's outside in a cab.

- I'll go with you. | - Allow me.

Thank you.


- Carl? | - Don't waste your time.

It wasn't the doubles at the club, | it was the triples on the way over here.

- Why did you let him do it? | - Would you flash that on the board again?

I'm sorry.

I'll drop you off where you want to go | before taking him back to the field.

I wouldn't like anyone to see him this way.

In a barracks on a weekend there's nothing | odd about a man being poured into bed.

I know, but I want to take him with me.

Will you help me?


Where are we going?

My name's Saville. Cleve Saville.

- Do you fly with Carl? | - No, not yet, but I'm assigned to his group.

Do you know when he's scheduled | to return to Korea?

Ten tomorrow morning. Same flight as mine.

- It's very kind of you to help me. | - I'm a kindly soul.

There on the sofa will do.

- Does the guy always knock himself out? | - Not like this.

In the beginning he almost never drank.

- He's scared. | - How do you know that?

I've seen a lot of combat pilots. Too much | booze is one sign. Headaches - he's got them.

He doesn't think he's a good flyer | because he hasn't gotten any enemy planes.

He said he's had over 30 missions. | He can't be too bad or he'd be dead.

- He thinks he's just lucky. | - Well, maybe he is.

A man can't hit it that hard and fightjets. | Not for long.

I would like to help him, | but I don't know how.

Fighter pilots don't want to be helped. | They're stubborn.

You don't tinker with a man's fear - | he does that for himself.

- Is there anything else I can do? | - Would you like some coffee?

There. It's hot.

Hot coffee, huh?

- You really were expecting him, weren't you? | - Of course.

- Nice place. | - Thank you.

- Have you been in Japan long? | - A few months.

- Did you tell me your name? | - Christina. I'm usually called Chris.

- More coffee, Major? | - No, thank you.

I think if Carl could feel | the war was more important -

that it has a bigger meaning - | I don't think he'd be like this.

The war has a bigger meaning.

The trouble is it came too soon after the real | big one. It's hard to sell anybody on it.

- You are not "sold" on it? | - I'm regular air force. I don't have to be sold.

No, I suppose not. | A professional doesn't ask questions.

We're not paid to ask questions, | but we're not blind sheep either.

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Wendell Mayes

Wendell Curran Mayes (July 21, 1919 – March 28, 1992) was a Hollywood screenwriter. more…

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