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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
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Jack Travis
Barry Kelley ...
Capt. Jock Clark
Sig Ruman ...
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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 STORY OF COMMANDER "SPIG" WEAD. FUN AND THRILLS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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Release Date:

22 February 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Wings of Eagles  »

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(Westrex Recording System)|

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(Metrocolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the extras in the Pensacola Florida scenes were actual Navy flight students and flight instructors. Although the Navy objected, director John Ford made certain that the military men were paid "extra" wages. See more »

Goofs

When on board the aircraft carrier, as "Spig" Wead (John Wayne) is leaving the ship, a plane is being towed in the background. The national insignia on the side of the aircraft is incorrect. There was no red stripe in the white bars that bordered the star during WWII. This version did not come into being until after the war. See more »

Quotes

Min Wead: [Phones rings while their cuddling] Let it ring
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: Why not, It probably just Washington, oh I forgot, you know you're in the arms of the new sergeant commander in the United States Navy.
Min Wead: Star Spangled Spad
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: And a squad leader
Min Wead: All I know is I'm in the arms with a fellow name spig that I'm nuts about. Hey! How about getting back to your necking with a little more enthusiasm.
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: Right!
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Edited from Hell Divers (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Islands
(uncredited)
By Charles E. King
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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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