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Wings (1927)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  5 January 1929 (USA)
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Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.

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Complete credited cast:
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Jack Powell (as Charles Rogers)
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David Armstrong
Jobyna Ralston ...
Sylvia Lewis
El Brendel ...
Herman Schwimpf
Richard Tucker ...
Air Commander
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Gunboat Smith ...
The Sergeant
Henry B. Walthall ...
David's Father
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Lt. Cameron
Julia Swayne Gordon ...
David's Mother
Arlette Marchal ...
Celeste
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Storyline

Two young men fall in love with the same same girl. After the US enters WWI, both join the Air Corps and become aces. They remain friends, but the relation to the girl threatens their friendship. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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The Sensational Romance of the War Fliers! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War | Action

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Rated PG-13 for war violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 January 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wings  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director William A. Wellman based much of his work in the film on his experiences as a combat pilot during World War I. While stationed in France, Wellman joined the French Foreign Legion's Lafayette Flying Corps, N.87, les Chats Noir (Black Cat Group). The plane he flew was Nieuport 24 fighter, which he named "Celia" after his mother. He was credited with three recorded "kills" of enemy aircraft, plus five probable kills. Wellman was shot down in combat and survived the crash, but walked with a limp for the rest of his life. He received the Croix du Guerre for his service. After the war, Wellman returned home and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps for two years, where he taught combat tactics to new pilots at Rockwell Field in San Diego. See more »

Goofs

At 1:27:27, the position of David holding the letter changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

British Soldier: Hello Yank, welcome to a very merry little war. And now how about a wee drop for the King and Uncle Sam?
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Referenced in Petticoat Junction: Hooterville, You're All Heart (1966) See more »

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Wings
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by J.S. Zamecnik
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a little dated here and there, but overall a great film
28 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In many ways, I enjoyed this film more than the more expensive HELL'S ANGELS (which Howard Hughes RE-SHOT after its initial completion in order to make it a sound picture)--even though it was a silent film. That's because for a silent movie, it's nearly as good as you're going to find, whereas the primitive sound of Hell's Angels and less engaging plot left me feeling a bit flat--though its flying sequence were clearly better and more spectacular than those in WINGS.

Clara Bow is excellent as the sweet lead of the film whose two friends go off to war. This is a far better showcase of her talents than the equally famous movie "IT" (which did NOT age as well).

Richard Arlen and Buddy Rogers also did fine jobs in the movie, though special recognition must also be given to the cinematography--the movie is just beautiful in spots and the aerial sequences are amazing for 1927! The only down side? Occasionally, there are melodramatic lapses in the pacing--such as the drinking scene where they talk about BUBBLES incessantly. This seems to be due mostly to the style of the day, and for what it was, it was a brilliant picture. I can easily see why it got the first Best Picture award.


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