Wings and the Woman (1942)
"They Flew Alone" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  18 September 1942 (USA)
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The story of flyer Amy Johnson who won the hearts of the British public in the 1930s with her record-breaking solo flights around the world. Her marriage to fellow aviator Jim Mallison was ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Mollison
Edward Chapman ...
Mr. Johnson
Nora Swinburne ...
ATA Commandant
Joan Kemp-Welch ...
Mrs. Johnson
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Charles Carson ...
Lord Wakefield
Martita Hunt ...
Miss Bland
Anthony Shaw ...
Eliot Makeham ...
Mayor of Croydon (as Eliott Makeham)
David Horne ...
Miles Malleson ...
Vacuum Salesman
Aubrey Mallalieu ...
Bill, the Barber
Charles Victor ...
Hay Petrie ...
Old General


The story of flyer Amy Johnson who won the hearts of the British public in the 1930s with her record-breaking solo flights around the world. Her marriage to fellow aviator Jim Mallison was less noteworthy. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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SHE LED THE PARADE FROM SILK TO KHAKI! -- This girl who bolted a white-collar job to win her place in the air's the amazing story of Amy and her Jim -- The Flying Mollisons. See more »




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Release Date:

18 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wings and the Woman  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first film of Leslie Dwyer. See more »


In the final scenes showing a group of apparent British spitfire or hurricane aircraft being ferried by women British pilots, each woman is shown in her dress uniform cap instead of the required headgear to allow for proper communications. See more »


Referenced in Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen: Censored (1996) See more »


Kiss Me Goodnight
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by William Kernell
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Reviewing with Hindsight,not a good thing.
6 January 2013 | by (East Sussex~United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I think that thorwald should bear in mind the circumstances that lead to the making of this film. In 1942 Britain's wartime courage had slipped to it's lowest,and many people were doubting whether we could win the war.The US did not enter WW2 until Dec 1941,and this film was made before that. The main reason that this film was made when it was,is the fact that Amy Johnson died on January 5th 1941,whilst ferrying RAF planes to airfields(her plane crashed in the Thames Estuary).So the filmmakers used this as a tribute,AND a propaganda film. If it HAD been left until after the war the impetus would probably have gone and the film would not have been made at all.There are probably quite a few(US & UK) poor quality films that apart from propaganda would not have been made.It is unwise to judge such film from the distance of 70 years or so,given that the motives for making them might seem dubious to us now.We may criticise old films that are just plain bad,but to judge wartime films purely on their film value(without their historic context) is just stupid and demeans the memory of those that took part in WW2,whether in the forces,or in the filmmaking world. It would be nice to be able to alter history,but we can't.These wartime films (good or bad) are part of WW2 and if we judge them out of context,and we alter the history they are represent.

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