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Wing and a Prayer (1944)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton
Ens. Hallam 'Oscar' Scott
Admiral (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Kevin O'Shea ...
Ens. Charles 'Cookie' Cunningham
Beezy Bessemer
Ens. Malcolm Brainard (as Henry Morgan)
Richard Crane ...
Ens. Gus Chisholm
Glenn Langan ...
Executive Officer
Renny McEvoy ...
Ens. Cliff Hale
Robert Bailey ...
Ens. Paducah Holloway
Cmdr. O'Donnell
George Mathews ...
B.S. Pully ...
Flat Top


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 <>

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MIGHTY DRAMA OF AIRCRAFT CARRIER X (original ad - all caps) See more »


Action | Drama | War


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Release Date:

11 January 1945 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Queen of the Flat Tops  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the 'Hollywood Reporter', Randolph Scott, Preston Foster and John Sutton were looked at for major parts in this movie when it was known under the working title of Torpedo Squadron 8. See more »


In one of the early scenes there is stock footage of the carrier. The carrier is shown sailing in reverse with the wake at bow as if it were steaming ahead. It seems that the film is run in reverse. See more »


Referenced in A Wish for Wings That Work (1991) See more »


Anchors Aweigh
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Played often throughout the picture
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28 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie itself is entertaining and rather predictable at times. Kind of like the movie mill war stories of that era. The roll played by Don Ameche was not a Don Ameche roll. Ameche is better known for his humor, IE: The Bickersons and Cocoon. The roll of a sad, by the book Navy officer must have been a stretch for him, but he did it in perfection. He became a dark shadow in scenes where he just walks through and always alone. The lonely man, hardly cracking a smile. Everyone hating him, tough to the point, lonely, misunderstood and doing the job he was appointed to do. It makes you wonder how many men had to be this way during any war.

Ameche should have won an Acadamy Award for his role in this movie.

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