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Wings and the Woman (1942)

They Flew Alone (original title)
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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Jim Mollison
Edward Chapman ...
Mr. Johnson
Nora Swinburne ...
ATA Commandant
Joan Kemp-Welch ...
Mrs. Johnson
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Mac
Charles Carson ...
Lord Wakefield
Martita Hunt ...
Miss Bland
Anthony Shaw ...
Official
Eliot Makeham ...
Mayor of Croydon (as Eliott Makeham)
David Horne ...
Solicitor
Miles Malleson ...
Vacuum Salesman
Aubrey Mallalieu ...
Bill, the Barber
Charles Victor ...
Postmaster
Hay Petrie ...
Old General
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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 less noteworthy. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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SPECTACLE, ROMANCE and DRAMA from the life story of the world's greatest fliers. See more »

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18 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Wings and the Woman  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first film of Leslie Dwyer. See more »

Goofs

In some of early flying scenes (India), the film has been transposed as the registration letters on the side of the aircraft are mirror images of what they should be. See more »

Connections

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

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Dusty Rhythm
(uncredited)
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
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A great period piece
21 August 2003 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

If any scholar of film wants to know better why the British Film Industry died on its feet, then watch this one. Essentially a propaganda piece whose aim was to (belatedly) encourage women into the second-line in WWII, with the achievements of Amy Johnson merely as the McGuffin (pardon my Hitchcock phraseology!). The stiff-upper lip was rarely stiffer, though the legendary Newton was less hammy than usual (recall he gave us the Long John Silver that we automatically think of). Once the need for propaganda had passed (along with its better actors) the British Film Industry had no real subject matter to interest anyone other than parochial Brits (I would only exempt David Lean and his entourage from this) and died a slow and painful death. It would have been better if this subject had been tackled after the War and concentrated more on Amy's endeavours (and indeed those of the great Jim Mollison).


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