Wings of the Morning (1937)

 |  Drama, Romance  |  11 March 1937 (USA)
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First Technicolor movie shot in the British Isles, features Gypsies, horse racing, singing and romance.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Marie (Prologue) / Maria, Duchess of Leyva
Kerry Gilfallen
Lord Clontarf
Stewart Rome ...
Sir Valentine
Irene Vanbrugh ...
Old Marie
Harry Tate ...
Helen Haye ...
Aunt Jenepher
Edward Underdown ...
Don Diego (as Teddy Underdown)
Mark Daly ...
James Patrick Aloysius 'Jimmy' Brannigan
Sam Livesey ...
E.V.H. Emmett ...
Racing Commentator
R.C. Lyle ...
Racing Commentator (as Captain R.C. Lyle)
John McCormack ...
Himself - the Tenor
Steve Donoghue ...
D.J. Williams ...
Marik (Prologue)


1889. An Irish lord marries a beautiful gypsy but falls off his horse and dies. His family, who hates the gypsy, chase her out of home and she takes refuge in Spain. 1937. Nearly half a century later, the gypsy, fleeing the Spanish Civil War, returns to Ireland in the company of Maria, her pretty granddaughter. Maria falls for handsome Kerry, a young horse trainer, but the trouble is that she was engaged to a man in Spain. One day, the Spanish fiancé reappears. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

11 March 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zigeunerprinzessin  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Wings of the Morning is a quotation from Psalm 139, verse 9: "If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea..." See more »


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Music by Michael William Balfe
Words by Edmund Falconer
Performed by John McCormack
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Strange film of Lords and Ladies and gypsies and horse-racing
31 August 2001 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

The first British Technicolor film, it has a script that is somehow from another world; a sentimental world where gypsies travel in wooden horse-drawn caravans and dance round camp fires; and where gentlemen train horses and live only for victory at the racecourse.

Maria, played by Annabelle, is dressed as a boy to escape the hostilities of the Spanish civil war, and becomes involved with Kerry (played by a young Henry Fonda). Kerry doesn't realise it's a girl, of course, until later when she reveals herself, when it's love at first sight.

The climax of the film is at the Derby, the year's main race for the whole of Britain, and we get a glimpse there of the real world through the mist of the obscure direction (Harold D Schuster's first film).

The Irish tenor John McCormack sings at a ball, and champion jockey Steve Donaghue appears as himself.

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