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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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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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Dooley
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

This movie had two working titles: 'Queen of the Flat Tops' and 'Torpedo Squadron 8'. The film's complete title actually features a subtitle: 'The Story of Carrier X'. See more »

Goofs

When the commander of torpedo squadron five reported to the carrier captain he failed to salute. 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 M*A*S*H: Death Takes a Holiday (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Till We Meet Again
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Sung on deck at night by the crew
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Great movie view of WWII Carrier War.
11 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Movie gives authentic view of TBM's, carrier torpedo bombers of mid-WWII. The tensions before the battle as well as the battle and aftermath are well covered. Acting is down-to-earth and realistic in terms of Combat Aircrew and Deck crews. More of a 'documentry' and memory bank for those who flew...and those who died! The USA won the battle AND the War. The TBM survived and saw service in the Korean War. A REAL FLAG WAVER!!!


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