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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jeff Young
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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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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 »

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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 »

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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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Just passable air force flick bogged down by script
4 January 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Mitchell Leisen was drafted in to do this one after shooting had started when it wasn't coming together under the original director. He did a good job of the flying shots but the clichéd, inconsistent script stops this from being any more than passable.

The movie is also long, unusual for Leisen as he liked fast paced movies, and I guess some of this is due to scenes capturing the feel of the air force at work. However by the time you get back to the court martial scenes at the beginning you have almost forgotten what the trial was about.

I liked Brian Donlevy - thought he was convincing. Bill Holden was just starting out. Ray Milland always reminds me of a second rate Cary Grant, except he managed to do something later in his career that Cary was unable to do - win the Oscar for best actor. There is no development at all for his character in the script. Didn't mind Veronica Lake though she was apparently not a lot of fun to work with in this her first movie.

This movie is also referenced in Leisen's next movie "Hold Back the Dawn" as the movie Leisen is making when the Charles Boyer character comes in to tell his story.


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