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Wings in the Dark (1935)

In his dedicated pursuit of technology that will aid pilots to safely "fly blind" during adverse conditions. aerial innovator Ken Gordon is literally blinded in an accident, but this setback doesn't deter him from his goal.

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Aeronautical engineer Ken Gordon and his faithful mechanic Mac are devoted to developing technology that will enable pilots to safely fly blind during adverse weather conditions. An irresponsible newsman, Nick Williams, publishes a premature story about a planned long distance flight Gordon hopes will prove his theories. Because of Williams, he loses funding but is introduced to skilled aviatrix Shiela Mason. After Gordon is literally blinded in a workshop accident, Shiela undertakes dangerous stunt flying jobs in order to secretly support Gordon's continuing research. When she undertakes a dangerous Moscow to New York non-stop flight and is in jeopardy of crashing over a fog-bound Roosevelt Field, there is only one person capable of saving her. Written by duke1029

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The plane that Cary Grant's character flew was a Lockheed Sirius, and the plane Myrna Loy's character flew in the flight from Moscow to NY was a Lockheed Vega. See more »

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Sheila Mason: What are you thinking about?
Ken Gordon: I was just thinking how crazy I was not to take a good look at you when I had the chance.
Sheila Mason: Don't you remember at all?
Ken Gordon: Pretty well, but I'm not sure. Tell me.
Sheila Mason: Oh, I'm a sort of low wing, single-motored monoplane type. You've seen hundreds of them.
Ken Gordon: I don't believe it. Tell me more.
Sheila Mason: Let's see. I have reddish hair, snub nose, freckles, plenty of freckles.
Ken Gordon: What else?
Sheila Mason: Well, a little under medium length, fair wing spread, stream-lined, so they tell me.
Ken Gordon: Sounds fascinating.
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Grant and Loy Make It Worth Watching
26 March 2017 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Wings in the Dark (1935)

*** (out of 4)

Ken Gordon (Cary Grant) is a pilot who is trying to use technology so that other pilots will be able to fly blind. He meets stunt pilot Sheila Mason (Myrna Loy) but soon afterwards Ken is blinded in an accident. He soon hits depression but he believes now that he's really blind he can prove his technology.

WINGS IN THE DARK isn't a masterpiece or even a classic Hollywood picture but it's certainly an entertaining if rather routine drama that features two great stars and enough entertainment to make it worth watching. The film isn't one that was made to be an "A" picture but as far as a "B" film goes there's no doubt that it's very much worth watching.

There are a lot of cliché things in the picture even for 1935 standards. For starters, the entire story is rather predictable and especially in the way that it plays out. I'm not going to ruin the ending but you'll see it coming from a mile away and what happens at the very end was silly enough to where you'd have to right to boo it. Yes, the closing moments are really that bad! I'd also argue that the romance in the film really doesn't work either.

With that said, there are some terrific moments with the stunt sequences. The aerial flying sequences are extremely good and if you enjoy Hollywood films with real stunts then you'll certainly enjoy what's on display here. I'd also argue that both Grant and Loy were very good in their roles. Loy got the top-billing since Grant wasn't yet a star but it's his performance that steals the picture. I wouldn't say he gave one of the greatest performances by an actor playing someone who is blind but I thought the actor did a really good job in the scenes where his character acts out his frustration.

WINGS IN THE DARK will certainly appeal to fans of the two stars and they're both good enough to make it worth watching.


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