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Wing and a Prayer (1944)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 11 January 1945 (Argentina)
An aircraft carrier is sent on a decoy mission around the Pacific, with orders to avoid combat, thus lulling Japanese alertness before the battle of Midway. All the men have their ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton
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Ens. Hallam 'Oscar' Scott
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Admiral (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Kevin O'Shea ...
Ens. Charles 'Cookie' Cunningham
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Beezy Bessemer
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Ens. Malcolm Brainard (as Henry Morgan)
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Ens. Gus Chisholm
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Executive Officer
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Ens. Cliff Hale
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Ens. Paducah Holloway
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Cmdr. O'Donnell
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B.S. Pully ...
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An aircraft carrier is sent on a decoy mission around the Pacific, with orders to avoid combat, thus lulling Japanese alertness before the battle of Midway. All the men have their individual worries and concerns, but become increasingly frustrated at their avoidance of combat, for reasons unknown to them. But in the end, all get their chance to fight. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE MOST DANGEROUS MISSION IN THE WAR! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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11 January 1945 (Argentina)  »

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Queen of the Flat Tops  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(archive footage)|

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After landing for the first time, Dana Andrews reports the squadron to be Torpedo 5. The air group is also reported to be Air Group 5. This means the carrier would have been USS Yorktown (CV-5). Yorktown had been damaged at the Battle of the Coral Sea a short time before. She was hastily repaired at Pearl Harbor and put back to sea still with workmen on board. She was again severely damaged at the Battle of Midway and sunk. See more »

Goofs

An SB2C Helldiver (which was actually a post-Midway era aircraft) coded B-31 is shown preparing for launch, but when it goes into the water ahead of the carrier in a failed take-off it is B-27. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton: Didn't you see the wave off?
Ens. Hallam 'Oscar' Scott: Yes sir, I did.
Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton: What did you think the flag man was doing? Waving bye bye?
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Connections

Referenced in Boston Legal: A Whiff and a Prayer (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sheik of Araby
(uncredited)
Music by Ted Snyder
Lyrics by Harry B. Smith and Francis Wheeler
Played during the showing of and taken from the film Tin Pan Alley (1940)
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Birds Eye View of Film
18 November 2002 | by (springfield mo.) – See all my reviews

The Movie was shot on the back lot of 20th Century Fox. The studio used sailors from NAS Longbeach Ca. as extras for about 2 weeks . In the Scene when a Bomb hits the Ship i am the first man on the fire hose . They had built part of a Carrier Deck over a lake and used SBD'S on this deck for close ups but then used film footage from actual battle scene's in between . This explains difference of planes and ships.


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