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Wings of the Navy (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 11 February 1939 (USA)
Jerry and Cass have always been competitive. Now that Cass is a well respected Naval aviator like his father, Jerry leaves the submarine service to become a flying cadet with Class 61 at ... See full summary »

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Cass Harrington
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Irene Dale
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Jerry Harrington
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Scat Allen
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Commander Clark
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Lt. Parsons
Henry O'Neill ...
John Ridgely ...
Dan Morrison
John Gallaudet ...
Lt. Harry White
Donald Briggs ...
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Ted Parsons
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First Flight Instructor
Alberto Morin ...
Armando Costa (as Albert Morin)
Jonathan Hale ...
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Capt. March
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Jerry and Cass have always been competitive. Now that Cass is a well respected Naval aviator like his father, Jerry leaves the submarine service to become a flying cadet with Class 61 at Pensacola. During training, Jerry meets and falls for Cass's fiancée Irene. After air sickness, jitters and a crash landing, Jerry gets his wings. Cass is not as lucky as he is crippled in a crash and must retire. Cass designs a new fighter for the Navy as Jerry pilots flying boats in San Diego. Jerry will do anything to show Cass that he is a better pilot, even if it means leaving the Navy to test the experimental fighter that killed test pilot Steve Conners. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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FOR ALL THE WORLD TO WITNESS THAT AMERICA WILL NOT BE UNPREPARED!

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11 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Asas da Esquadra  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 7, 1940 with George Brent, John Payne and Olivia de Havilland reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

When testing the new plane in a dive, the plane appears to be making a vertical dive, but it is obvious from the cloud formations a horizontal image was rotated 90 degrees to appear to be a vertical image. See more »

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Referenced in Swingtime in the Movies (1938) See more »

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Wings Over the Navy
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening credits and often throughout the film
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Aviation drama is formula film with good training exercises...
26 September 2002 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

While the training exercises are realistic enough in WINGS OF THE NAVY, filmed on location at actual training grounds in Pensacola and San Diego, its story is strictly formula stuff with a love triangle between two brothers (George Brent, John Payne) in love with the same girl (Olivia de Havilland) holding the action sequences together.

This is almost like a B&W version of PEARL HARBOR--but lacking the punch of the PEARL HARBOR war scenes. It's a dated aviation drama, with a love story against the background of preparations for war. However, none of the characters have any real depth and there's the usual clumsy comedy attempts of Frank McHugh which become irritating after awhile.

The chief players are pleasant enough and it's interesting to see how the sea planes operated in San Diego--but the script is strictly off the Warner assembly line. Olivia de Havilland is pretty as a picture as the heroine but given little to do while Brent and Payne share most of the spotlight. The training scenes give us an interesting look at the air force equipment of 1939--and I'm sure it encouraged many young men to enlist two years before World War II broke out.


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