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I Wanted Wings (1941)

 |  Drama  |  26 March 1941 (USA)
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Story follows the training and personal lives of three recruits in the Army Air Corps --- a wealthy playboy, a college jock and an auto mechanic. Love interest is supplied by a female ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Al Ludlow
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Tom Cassidy
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Capt. Mercer
Constance Moore ...
Carolyn Bartlett
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Sally Vaughn
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'Sandbags' Riley
Phil Brown ...
Jimmy Masters
Edward Fielding ...
President of the Court
Willard Robertson ...
Judge Advocate
Richard Lane ...
Flight Commander
Addison Richards ...
Flight Surgeon
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Mickey
Douglas Aylesworth ...
Lt. Hopkins
John Trent ...
Lt. Ronson
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Story follows the training and personal lives of three recruits in the Army Air Corps --- a wealthy playboy, a college jock and an auto mechanic. Love interest is supplied by a female photographer and a sultry blonde. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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26 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Vuelo de águilas  »

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Goofs

When "Sandbags" Riley (Harry Davenport) says that he reported to President Grant after a free balloon flight in 1879. Grant, although he still could be addressed as "President," was not President of the United States in 1879. He had been out of office for two years. See more »

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Referenced in Hold Back the Dawn (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Born to Love
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Music by Victor Young
Performed by Veronica Lake (uncredited) (dubbed by Martha Mears (uncredited))
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Influenced my life and career.
3 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was either 12 or 13 when I saw this movie and it probably had much to do with my becoming a United States Air Force pilot. Shortly after I saw the movie my father and I attended the grand opening of Ellington Field in Houston and I saw a P-38 and fell in love with aviation.

I have seen the movie again in recent years and after twenty-nine years in the Air Force tend to pick the movie apart for the "Hollywood" production which is frequently quite different from the real world. However, it was an outstanding movie for its time and I probably have many fellow aviators that this movie influenced when they were young and impressionable.


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