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The Wings of Eagles (1957)

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A biography of Navy flier-turned-screenwriter Frank W. "Spig" Wead.

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'Jughead' Carson
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Min Wead
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John Dale Price
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Adm. Moffett
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Capt. Herbert Allen Hazard
James Todd ...
Jack Travis
Barry Kelley ...
Capt. Jock Clark
Sig Ruman ...
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Henry O'Neill ...
Capt. Spear
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Rose Brentmann
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U.S. Navy pilot Frank 'Spig' Wead is a fun-loving and rowdy adventurer, but also a fierce proponent of Naval aviation. His dedication to the promotion of the Navy's flying program is so intense that his marriage and family life suffer. When an accident paralyzes him, Spig finds a new means of expressing his love of flying: screenwriting. Successful and acclaimed, he finds the U.S. entry into World War II to be an irresistible call. Pleading that he be reinstated in the Navy despite his paralysis, Spig finds he has an enormous contribution yet to make. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The life-inspired story of reckless, fun-loving, romantic "Spig" Wead, Sqaudron Commander. See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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22 February 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'aigle vole au soleil  »

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(Westrex Recording System)|

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(Metrocolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The real Frank Wead grew noticeably balder as he got older (WWII era). In order to be accurate about that, this is the only film in which John Wayne appears without his toupee. See more »

Goofs

When Jughead and Pincus present Wead with a check for his first published work, they refer to him as Frank Wead, Jr. Wead was not a Junior. Frank Wead, Jr. was the infant son of Frank and Min who died while they were at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. The baby is buried in St. Michael's Cemetery in Pensacola. See more »

Quotes

Min Wead: Why don't you!
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: Alright, I been thinking what a heel I been about you and my own kids, I do something I go all the way, living, gambling, flying, tap myself out I guess that what I wanted to be. Maybe way I am.
Min Wead: Star spangled Spad damn the marguritte and full speed ahead and don't give up the ship.
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: Have a drink, Listen Min I'm trying to say I been a fool, first grade gold brand
Min Wead: So Have I!
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: [Grabs her] Okay, Let change it, lets grow up before our kids do
Min Wead: We better hurry up.
[They kiss passionate]
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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The Wearing of the Green
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Heard when the police arrive to break up the fights
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Aboard the carrier
23 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was serving on the USS Philippine Sea in August 1956 when the final scenes of Wings of Eagles were shot on the ship. I was a radar officer on watch in CIC when the transfer of Spig Wead to the destroyer took place. The bridge told us to ask the destroyer to make smoke. Operating commands were not made over the CI net but I figured they were embarrassed to do so. It seems the John Ford thought it would not look like the ships were underway unless smoke was pouring out the stack. Sending unburned fuel oil up the stack is not efficient or desirable. Certainly not in a war zone. Ford had to know this as a reserve admiral. Several years later, when I saw the movie, there is the destroyer looking like it was burning mattresses in the boiler room. I think the destroyer is of a class not introduced until the end of WWII. I have tried to find what destroyer it was, without success.

I just found out that the destroyer was the USS Perkins, DD877.


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