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Writers:
John Monk Saunders (story)
Hope Loring (screenplay) ...
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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:
a little dated here and there, but overall a great film 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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for war violence
Runtime:
144 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects) | Silent
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Trivia:
In contrast to co-star Richard Arlen, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers did not know how to fly a plane when production began, but learned how to by the end of it. During filming, Rogers' flight instructor and sometime backup pilot was Lt. Hoyt Vandenberg (aka "Van"), an Army Air Corps pilot at California's March Field (Vandenberg later became a four-star general, commanding the 9th Air Force in World War II, and served as the US Air Force's first official chief of staff after the war, when the Air Force was made a separate branch of the military). For close-up scenes where Jack and David (and other characters) are flying, the actors are actually working the planes themselves. To shoot these scenes, a camera was strapped to the engine cowling. The actors had to get the plane up in the air, keep it up, fly it so that clouds or German fighter planes could be seen in the background, operate the (motorized) camera and land the plane-and act at the same time. During Rogers' early flights, Vandenberg would hide in the back seat of the plane and operate the controls while Rogers gave his performance.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Quotes:
Sergeant in Mervale:Hey, if youse guys need kissin' *I'll* kiss you - wit' a gun-butt!See more »
Soundtrack:
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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
a little dated here and there, but overall a great film, 28 June 2005
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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