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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)
Richard Crane ...
Ens. Gus Chisholm
Glenn Langan ...
Executive Officer
Renny McEvoy ...
Ens. Cliff Hale
Robert Bailey ...
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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MIGHTY DRAMA OF AIRCRAFT CARRIER X (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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Director Henry Hathaway and his camera crew spent several weeks shooting approximately 50,000 feet of film aboard an American aircraft carrier. This included atmospheric shots, background footage and actual combat scenes. The "Hollywood Reporter" of 12 January 1944 reported that this footage was "the first ever approved by the Navy Department or War Department of any action on one of the new post-Pearl Harbor fleet plane carriers." Whilst on the flat top, Hathaway and crew also studied US Navy procedures and technical manual elements. See more »

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The wall-map of the world in the opening scene is wildly inaccurate. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton: Moulton to Squadron. Remember when you think you're in close, go in closer before you drop that fish.
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Connections

Features The Battle of Midway (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Till We Meet Again
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Sung on deck at night by the crew
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Excellent WW II Navy Movie!
3 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Wing and a Prayer" really gives those of us not born yet a realistic idea of what life on a carrier was like going up against Japan in World War II. The tough decisions brought on by war were very poignant as were the losses of friends and shipmates in combat. The film was a bit murky at the end as to how the carrier (name?!) fit in with the Battle of Midway and the Japanese ship models were pretty cut-rate, even by 1940's standards. Using U.S. Navy Wildcat planes with white circles painted over their US star to represent Japanese planes was campy, but understandable since the US was in the process of really shooting all of the real zero's out of the sky during the time of the movie. Harry "MASH" Morgan was a 29 year old pilot hotshot that was nice to see him in his prime. Don Ameche did a very good job being a serious-as-death commander who had to be a hard *ss in order to send men into mortal combat. A great film!


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