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Winning Your Wings (1942)

Approved | | Short, History, War | 28 May 1942 (USA)

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Inspirational short film designed to encourage recruits for the American Army Air Forces.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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James Stewart, famous actor and now a Lieutenant in the US Army Air Forces, hosts and narrates this short film aimed at the recruitment of officer candidates. He states that there is a great mobilization, and that 90 thousand new flying officers are needed. Due to this heavy need, he discusses how the prerequisites have been altered to encourage recruitment. He also discusses the great rate of pay, benefits, training and other advantages enjoyed by flying officers. He describes the various officer positions required for the nine man crews of the B-17 Bombers, and also various ground support officer positions available. Written by TimeNTide

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Only time John Huston directed James Stewart. See more »

Quotes

James Stewart: [Last lines] Young men of America, Your future's in the sky. Your wings are waiting!
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Featured in Warner at War (2008) See more »

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Army Air Corps Song
(1939) (uncredited)
Written by Captain Robert Crawford
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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WINNING YOUR WINGS {Short} (John Huston & Owen Crump {uncredited}, 1942) ***
28 February 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Before I checked on IMDb, I had completely forgotten John Huston's contribution here – since no director is listed during the opening titles – though I was well aware of James Stewart's participation (oddly enough, this was their sole collaboration)! Anyway, this is typical – and, in retrospect, pretty efficient – 'recruiting poster' stuff (yet another Oscar-nominated documentary, in a category that had a staggering 25 candidates and emerged with a quartet of winners!), with the star delineating the pros (but, obviously none of the cons!) should American youths join the Air Force. For the record, the attack on Pearl Harbour was a very recent memory – and, watching this, we realize just how far the Government went in order to induct pilots, bombardiers, navigators, etc. to fill the thousands upon thousands of planes of various sizes that would be employed in the war effort! Stewart is the right sort of average guy to make such a notion seem appealing, even "adventurous" – but the jingoism is excusable under the circumstances, as the prospective officers are either credited with their college-bred specialization (which would thus be put at the nation's disposal) or given the opportunity to acquire one for those that had been left lagging behind in education…which suggests that combat duty was very much seen as a level 'playing-field'!


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