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Writers:
John Monk Saunders (story)
Hope Loring (screen play by) ...
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Release Date:
5 January 1929 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
An Epic of the Air See more »
Plot:
Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
I Am Very Impressed With This Amazing Awarded Epic See more (57 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clara Bow ... Mary Preston

Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Jack Powell (as Charles Rogers)

Richard Arlen ... David Armstrong

Jobyna Ralston ... Sylvia Lewis
El Brendel ... Herman Schwimpf
Richard Tucker ... Air Commander

Gary Cooper ... Cadet White
Gunboat Smith ... The Sergeant
Henry B. Walthall ... David's Father

Roscoe Karns ... Lt. Cameron
Julia Swayne Gordon ... David's Mother
Arlette Marchal ... Celeste
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Douglas Haig
Charles Barton ... Soldier Flirting with Mary (uncredited)
Thomas Carr ... Aviator (uncredited)
Thomas Carrigan ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Margery Chapin ... Peasant Woman (uncredited)
Andy Clark ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Nigel De Brulier ... Peasant (uncredited)
Hal George ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Dick Grace ... Aviator (uncredited)
William Hickey ... Charlton Blanchard (uncredited)

Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Powell (uncredited)

George Irving ... Mr. Powell (uncredited)
Robert Livingston ... Recruit in Examination Office (uncredited)
James Pierce ... Army MP (uncredited)
Rod Rogers ... Aviator (uncredited)
Frank Tomick ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Carl von Haartman ... German Officer (uncredited)
Gloria Wellman ... Peasant Child (uncredited)

William A. Wellman ... Doughboy (uncredited)
Percy Williams ... Armstrong Butler (uncredited)
Zalla Zarana ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Wellman 
Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
John Monk Saunders (story by)

Hope Loring (screen play by) and
Louis D. Lighton (screen play by)

Julian Johnson (titles by)

Byron Morgan  story ideas (uncredited)

Produced by
B.P. Schulberg .... associate producer
Lucien Hubbard .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
J.S. Zamecnik (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Perry (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
E. Lloyd Sheldon (editor-in-chief)
Lucien Hubbard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
Edith Head (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Frank M. Blount .... production manager (uncredited)
Lucien Hubbard .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Barton .... assistant director (uncredited)
James Ewens .... assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Johnston .... assistant director (uncredited)
Norman Z. McLeod .... assistant director (uncredited)
E.K. Merritt .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Charles Barton .... property master (uncredited)
Paul B. Malone .... construction: Camp Stanley (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roy Pomeroy .... engineering effects (uncredited)
Barney Wolff .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Frank Andrews .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Pierce L. Butler .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Frank Clarke .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Hal George .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Dick Grace .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Clarence Irvine .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Denis Kavanagh .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Earle E. Partridge .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Earl H. Robinson .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Rod Rogers .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Sterling R. Stribling .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Bill Taylor .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Frank Tomick .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Hoyt Vandenberg .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
L.B. Abbott .... additional photographer (uncredited)
E.F. Adams .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Bert Baldridge .... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Guy Bennett .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Blackstone .... additional photographer (uncredited)
William H. Clothier .... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Frank Cotner .... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Faxon M. Dean .... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Otto Dyar .... still photographer (uncredited)
Russell Harlan .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Art Lane .... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Ernest Laszlo .... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Harry Mason .... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Herbert Morris .... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Albert Myers .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Gene O'Donnell .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Ray Olsen .... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Paul Perry .... additional photographer (uncredited)
William Rand .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Eugene Richee .... still photographer (uncredited)
William Riley .... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Harry Schapp .... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Herman Schopp .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
E. Burton Steene .... additional photographer (uncredited)
George Stevens .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Sergeant Ward .... additional photographer (uncredited)
L. Guy Wilky .... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Al Williams .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Al Williams .... aerial camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Carl Pierson .... cutter (uncredited)
Mildred Richter .... cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Peter Boyer .... conductor: 2012 restored score
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jesse L. Lasky .... present
Adolph Zukor .... present
Frank Andrews .... commander: military pilots (uncredited)
Henry H. Arnold .... technical consultant (uncredited)
S.C. Campbell .... supervisor: flying sequences (uncredited)
Sterling Campbell .... technical director: flight sequences (uncredited)
Walter Ellis .... communications supervisor (uncredited)
James A. Healy .... supervisor: flying sequences (uncredited)
A.M. Jones .... supervisor: ground troop maneuvers (uncredited)
E.P. Ketchum .... supervisor: trench system reproduction (uncredited)
Arthur Kocks .... business manager (uncredited)
Norman Kohn .... business manager (uncredited)
F.P. Lahm .... commander: military pilots (uncredited)
Rodger Manning .... business manager (uncredited)
Robert Mortimer .... ordnance supervisor (uncredited)
Edward Norris .... double: Buddy Rogers, Parisian hotel scene (uncredited)
Ted Parson .... supervisor: flying sequences (uncredited)
Harry Reynolds .... airplane preparation (uncredited)
Bill Taylor .... airplane preparation (uncredited)
Carl von Haartman .... supervisor: flying sequences (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for war violence
Runtime:
144 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects) | Silent
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Was the only silent movie to win the Best Picture Oscar until The Artist (2011/I) won Best Picture in 2012.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The film is set during the years 1917-1918. However, most of the female civilian clothes and hairstyles are contemporary with the late 1920s, particularly the clothes worn by Clara Bow in the home sequences and in the Follies Bergere sequence. Bow's and almost all the other female characters have bobbed hair, common in 1927 but almost non-existent during World War One.See more »
Quotes:
Mary Preston:D'you know what you can do when you see a shooting star?
John "Jack" Powell:No, what?
Mary Preston:You can kiss the girl you love.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Wings: Grandeur in the Sky (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Midsummer Night's DreamSee more »

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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
I Am Very Impressed With This Amazing Awarded Epic, 19 February 2006
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In 1917, Jack Powell (Charles 'Buddy' Rogers) is a young man with passion for cars. His next door neighbor is Mary Preston (Clara Bow), who is in deep love for him, but Jack does not notice her. Jack indeed loves Sylvia Lewis (Jobyna Ralston), but she is in love with the rich David Armstrong (Richard Arlen). When USA enters in World War I, Jack and David join the Air Force to fight in France and become pals. Mary joins the Women's Motor Corp, trying to be close to Jack. But it is war, and a tragedy happen between the two friends.

I am very impressed with this amazing awarded epic. "Wings" was recently released on DVD by the Brazilian distributor Continental, and in spite of the Japanese subtitles along the story, it was a worthwhile shopping. The story is fantastic, and the air sequences are awesome. I would like to have an idea of the cost of this ahead of time production, with these anthological battles in the air. I can not imagine how these shootings were achieved, in such angles, considering the cinema technology of 1927. The story raises an anti-war flag with the tragic end, and has realistic sequences that are impressive even in the present days. As a curiosity, Gary Cooper, in the role of Cadet White, has a very short participation, due to his affair with the famous actress Clara Bow. "Wings" is a highly recommended movie, even for audiences that do not like silent movies. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Asas" ("Wings")

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