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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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THE MOST DANGEROUS MISSION IN THE WAR! (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 DVD sleeve notes, this film about the Battle of Midway utilized actual combat footage. Years later another film also about "The Battle of Midway, Midway (1976), would also utilize real combat footage, but in color. See more »


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 »


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


Till We Meet Again
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 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 'documentary' 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.


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