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Wings -- 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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Writers:
John Monk Saunders (story)
Hope Loring (screenplay) ...
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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 »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Good Entertainment, Despite Some Flaws See more (55 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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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
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Gary Cooper's two minute cameo effectively made him a star. It also marked the beginning of his affair with Clara Bow.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Jack and David shoot down a German bomber. The soldiers in the just-bombed village come running out and celebrate atop the bomber's wreckage, but by the time it was shot down, the bomber was a good many miles away from the village - too far away for the troops to just run out to its wreckage.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 28 people found the following review useful.
Good Entertainment, Despite Some Flaws, 29 March 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This entertaining and occasionally impressive movie is still well worth seeing in spite of its flaws. The combat scenes alone make the rest of it worth watching, and Clara Bow gives a very good performance. She has plenty of energy as always, and here she makes her character especially sympathetic. But it has its weaknesses, too. The story is contrived and full of obvious holes, and except for Bow most of the acting is rather routine (Buddy Rogers is as likable as ever, but no more).

The highlights of "Wings" come in the battle scenes, and they are awfully impressive. Done without computers or other such advantages, they are exciting and are usually completely realistic. The aerial dogfight scenes are especially dazzling. This part of the movie is not shallow stuff, either, since it has a good balance between the thrilling and the horrifying. If the main story-line had been better, this could have worked very well as a classic film about the realities of war and its effects on the young persons who must carry the heaviest load in a war.

But unfortunately, it has the story that it has, which could easily have been better. It is far too heavy-handed, and is also riddled with unlikely coincidences, implausible developments, strange decisions by the characters, and many other such holes. If you can somehow look past all these problems, then it produces some moving and emotional moments, but such moments are too often undone by the contrived ways that they are set up. It's just the kind of mess that has often impressed the individuals who vote for well-known awards, but a movie with such strengths deserved to have a much better plot.

Nevertheless, it is still well worth watching for its strengths, and not just because it is the answer to some trivia questions. Just in case there are any modern movie fans who have accidentally wandered into the silents section of the database, please don't think that this is the best of what silent cinema has to offer, just because it won an arbitrary award. There are many silent film masterpieces that are vastly better than this. But it's good entertainment, and has some portions that were made with great skill.

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