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


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 <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 January 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alas  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1925 and 1926, Byron Morgan sent ideas for a story about air service in World War I to Famous Players Lasky Corporation. The company agreed when he brought this to their attention, and settled with him for $3750 which included his waiving claims to all rights to his material. See more »


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 »


Sergeant in Mervale: Hey, if youse guys need kissin' *I'll* kiss you - wit' a gun-butt!
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(credited on 2012 restored score only)
Written by Gaston Borch
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User Reviews

Deserves DVD release!
23 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

I was fortunate to view this film at the Academy of Motion Pictures' Diamond celebration screening series for all the Best Picture winners last year. A newly restored print in pristine condition was beautifully paired with a live performance of the musical score by an eleven-piece ensemble. As a relative novice to silent era films I was struck by the acting, aerial stunt work, sophisticated camera work and great storytelling. As I was watching I couldn't help but think that this 1927 film has so much more to offer than many contemporary attempts at the war/action genre.

As the trend for releasing forgotten classics on DVD continues, I make a very loud plea to add Wings to the list. This masterful bit of film-making history deserves a much wider audience.

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