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Ships with Wings (1942)

Approved | | Drama, War | 10 January 1942 (UK)
Lt. Dick Stacey is dismissed from the Fleet Air Arm for poor discipline. He joins the Aircraft Carrier "HMS Ark Royal" (The Ship with Wings). When they go into battle in the Mediterranean ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Clements ...
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Vice-Admiral Weatherby
Jane Baxter ...
Celia Weatherby
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Kay Gordon
Basil Sydney ...
Capt. Fairfax
Edward Chapman ...
Papadopoulos
Hugh Williams ...
Wagner
Frank Pettingell ...
Fields
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Lieut. Grant
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Lieut. Maxwell
Cecil Parker ...
German Air Marshal
John Stuart ...
Commdr. Hood
Frank Cellier ...
Gen. Scarappa
Morland Graham ...
C.P.O.Marsden
Charles Victor ...
MacDermott
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Lt. Dick Stacey is dismissed from the Fleet Air Arm for poor discipline. He joins the Aircraft Carrier "HMS Ark Royal" (The Ship with Wings). When they go into battle in the Mediterranean he acts heroically and redeems himself. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Atsalenioi gigantes  »

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1.37 : 1
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Opening credits prologue: TYNESIDE 1936 See more »


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Santa Sent Me You
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Music by Geoffrey Wright
Lyrics by Diana Morgan
Arranged by Peter Yorke (uncredited)
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Wonderful comic book stuff - but one of my all time faves!
3 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was indeed propagandist in nature, so what? I mean so what? It has reasonably good performances from it's cast, Banks and Rennie really stand out......It's played with that exceptional British axiom, "the stiff upper lip" Stacey is the proverbial "sacrificial lamb" as a result of his indiscretion regarding an associate that wanted to fly....He comes back and gets his revenge on the axis SOB's and winds up going down in flames a-la John Carrol's "Woody Jason" in Dave Miller's 1942 opus: "Flying Tigers"..... This film NEVER fails to come through with the goods. As for the spfx.........Well, they could be better, but, as a long time spfx buff, you cannot, repeat, cannot fault the efforts and pure chutzpah of the technicians - even though it's all very improbable and very much "over the top". Look at Tsuburaya's early efforts at TOHO and Derek Medding's early work with Gerry Anderson. Screw CGI! Perhaps the lighting and photography of the miniature work could be improved, but the actual models themselves were superb and dead on accurate. Bloody good show!


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