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Wing and a Prayer (1944)

Approved  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  11 January 1945 (Argentina)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton
William Eythe ...
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)
Richard Crane ...
Ens. Gus Chisholm
Glenn Langan ...
Executive Officer
Renny McEvoy ...
Ens. Cliff Hale
Robert Bailey ...
Ens. Paducah Holloway
Reed Hadley ...
Cmdr. O'Donnell
George Mathews ...
Dooley
B.S. Pully ...
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Storyline

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

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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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(archive footage)|

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The meaning of the phrase "wing and a prayer", of which the film's title is a part, is a shortening of an old saying among aviators, "We're coming in on a wing and a prayer". It means that they are flying or trying to land an aircraft in poor condition. The expression can also be used as a metaphor for trying to achieve something even though one is a bit ill-prepared or ill-equipped for the task. 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 »

Connections

Features The Battle of Midway (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the dart-throwing scene
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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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