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I Wanted Wings (1941)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Al Ludlow
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Capt. Mercer
Constance Moore ...
Carolyn Bartlett
Sally Vaughn
'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 ...
Douglas Aylesworth ...
Lt. Hopkins
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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 <>

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26 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Vuelo de águilas  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Phil Brown. See more »


During the practice air raid when the P-40s attack the B-17s there are muzzle flashes over the noses of the fighters. The P-40's guns are six Brownings mounted three in each wing. See more »


Referenced in Still Life 2 (2009) See more »


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What wings?
27 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a former Air Force pilot, I noticed that none of the pilots wore their wings while in their workaday blouses (as opposed to flight suits or more formal jacket and tie uniforms). That must have been standard just before WW II. The film is hardly a gung-ho recruitment poster. It shows some unconvincing cowardice (from Ray Milland) and some slightly more convincing insecurity (from Wm. Holden). It does have some good shots of training planes doing aerobatics -- and those must have been responsible for the Academy Award for special effects. Holden's emergency landing in a small field is also well done. The film hints at the kinds of things pilots have to learn, but doesn't educate us to the process. The early version of the B-17 did not have a tail-gun, so that design feature permits Veronica Lake to stowaway late in the film. By the way, the base security at March Field must have been really lax! Lake is wonderful as a sinuous singer (voice dubbed) in a glimmering gown. That she turns out to be Holden's ex-ember strains credulity. But this sub-plot is strong, simply because of Lake and Holden, who is given the only three-dimensional character in the film and who deals with his character with restraint. The love plot between Milland and Moore is bland, except for the brief instant when she grants him permission to kiss her. While the film was made in 1941, the pilot class that Holden, Milland, and Wayne Morris (who later became a Navy ace) is 38a -- early 1938. The film, then, is supposed to depict a time-span of a little more than two years, though we are given few signals about when it happens -- other than the elegant late 30s autos -- or how much time the action consumes.

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