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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scat Allen
Commander Clark
Lt. Parsons
Prologue Speaker
Dan Morrison
Lt. Harry White
Ted Parsons
First Flight Instructor
Armando Costa (as Albert Morin)
Capt. March


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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11 February 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asas da Esquadra  »

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Did You Know?


The PBY being flown by Jerry and Scat to Hawaii passes by the U.S.S. Balch (DD-363) after taking off. Commissioned in 1936 is earned six battle stars in the Pacific before ending it's World War II service on transatlantic convoy duty. It was decommissioned in October 1945 and sold for scrap in 1946. See more »


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 »


Featured in Each Dawn I Die (1939) See more »


Wings Over the Navy
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening credits and often throughout the film
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Of exceptional interest to old movie buffs, historians and airplane buffs,...others might find it a bit contrived
24 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I am biased, as are all film reviewers. There are certain types of films we are naturally more positively predisposed to, and this is one of them for me. I love history and aviation and so it's not at all surprising that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Heck, there were a lot of very similar movies in the 1930s and 1940s--films about young cadets trying to make it through flight school, bombardier school, etc. After a while, they tend to blend a bit together in my head and I am sure that the average viewer would get tired of the genre pretty quickly. But if you also consider that this film was made by Warner Brothers (who made a lot of similar films) and stars some wonderful actors that I truly enjoy watching (George Brent, Olivia DeHavilland, John Payne and Frank McHugh), it's natural that I should like it. But, on the other hand, will you? Well, if you love this type of film, you are sure to be impressed. If you have not, then you probably will find that the film is a tad contrived and clichéd--particularly regarding the romantic triangle in the film. But considering how marvelously done the flying sequences are (exceptional for the time), the consistency of the writing and acting and the overall fun of the film, I think the average person would still probably give this movie a score of 6. I myself give it an 8 but realize that a good compromise between non-aviation/old movie lovers/history teachers and nuts like me is a score of 7.

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