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Wings (1927)

PG-13 | | 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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Two young men from the same town but different social classes end up as fighter pilots in WW1. Jack Preston is a keen auto mechanic, building and modifying cars. David Armstrong comes from a wealthy family. They are both in love with the same woman, Sylvia. Her heart belongs to David but she doesn't let Jack know and plays along with his infatuation. Meanwhile, Jack's neighbour, Mary, is deeply in love with him but he just views her as a friend. WW1 interrupts the romantic entanglements as Jack and David enlist in the US Army Air Service (Air Service of the AEF at the time). They are initially bitter enemies, due to them both vying for Sylvia's affections. Over time, however, they become very good friends. They are both posted to the same fighter squadron in France, where being a fighter pilot means every day could easily be your last. Written by grantss

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Drama | Romance | War | Action

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

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5 January 1929 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects)|

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Wings debuted as a road show film, meaning it's shown on a city-by-city basis, on August 1, 1927. Although roadshow engagements continued throughout 1928, it was not registered for copyright until January, 5 1929, at which time a musical score and sound effects were added for its general national release. Clara Bow's sound film debut, The Wild Party (1929) went into production three days before on January 2, 1929. See more »

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When David says goodbye to his stiff and formal parents and is then greeted affectionately by his dog, as he pets the dog's head, a "treat" can be seen hidden in his hand to make the dogs affectionate. See more »

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Cadet White: Luck or no luck, when your time comes, you're going to get it. Now, I've got to go out and do a flock of figure eights before chow.
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #7.3 (1956) See more »

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Jealous of You
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Written by Max Freedman (as Max C. Freedman), Nelson Ingham, Ed Johnson
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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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