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Writers:
John Monk Saunders (story)
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Release Date:
5 January 1929 (USA) See more »
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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:
A Stunning Achievement 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)
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Directed by
William A. Wellman 
Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
John Monk Saunders (story)

Hope Loring (screenplay) and
Louis D. Lighton (screenplay)

Julian Johnson (titles)

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 .... presenter
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
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)
 
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Additional Details

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

Trivia:
Clara Bow wasn't happy with appearing in the film, as she knew her part was merely decorative.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At 1:27:27, the position of David holding the letter changes between shots.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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Soundtrack:
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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A Stunning Achievement, 21 October 2007
Author: drednm from United States

Famous of course for winning the first Oscar for best film, WINGS is also one hell of a good film. Spectacular aerial photography highlights the terrific performances of the three leads: Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers, and Richard Arlen. Director William Wellman creates a solid and moving anti-war statement as he shows us the brutality and stupidity of war, its waste of youth, and its power to destroy the lives of all involved.

The film starts with star-crossed lovers in a small town in America. Bow loves Rogers but he loves Jobyna Ralston. Ralston loves Arlen and he loves her but through a mistake, Arlen thinks she loves Rogers. Then the boys go off to war. The outgoing Rogers thinks the war will be an adventure; the shy Arlen goes off, leaving his devastated parents who cannot express their emotions. Bow soon goes off to be an ambulance driver. Ralston stays homes and waits.

The story follows the rivalry and growing friendship of the boys as they head for war. The story ends in yet another bitter mistake. The viewer is as emotionally drained by the end of this film as the parents were at the beginning.

El Brendel provides some comedy relief. Roscoe Karns has a small part. Henry B. Walthall and Julia Swayne Gordon are the parents. And Gary Cooper has one brief scene with Rogers and Arlen. The scene in which he turns and flashes that famous smile as he exits the tent supposedly made him a star.

Clara Bow is solid as the spirited home-town girl who chases Rogers to no avail. She's gorgeous here and she is even moreso in the Paris scene where the matron lets her borrow a snappy and dazzling dress. Few women in film history have been able to be so sexually charismatic as Clara Bow. She's also a good actress.

Richard Arlen and Buddy Rogers give their best performances here. Each takes turns as the center of attention as they become men during the grueling war. Their flight scenes are incredibly well done. Arlen's flight scene as he races toward the American lines is amazing.

Jobyna Ralston has a rare memorable film not working with Harold Lloyd. And Henry B. Walthall is quietly grand as the crippled father.

Wellman's direction and the camera work of Harry Perry are beyond perfection. The aerial battles are breathtaking as are the scenes where they blow up the German blimps. There's also one astounding scene in the beginning of the film where Ralston and Arlen are in a swing. The camera is mounted in a stationary position in front of the actors so we see the scene as though we are in the swing with them. Then suddenly in the background we see Rogers in his jalopy pulling up in the street. The swing stops and Ralston gets out and runs to Rogers (in the background) while we see the close-up of Arlen as he twists in the swing seat and turns to watch them. It's an amazing scene and all one shot.

This film is a must see.

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