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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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Henry O'Neill ...
Capt. Spear
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Rose Brentmann
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Storyline

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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TOGETHER AGAIN FOR LAUGHS!...those two wonderful Johns of "The Quiet Man" - director John Ford and favorite star John Wayne, with that red-headed honey, Maureen O'Hara, in a high-flying romantic comedy! 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

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 Spig is narrating the newsreels where he describes the loss of the carrier Hornet, the film footage is of the carrier Bunker Hill damaged by two kamikaze planes off Okinawa in May 1945. Secondly, Spig describes the Hornet as being hit by 2 kamikaze planes. Hornet was sunk by bombs in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands in Oct 1942, a full 2 years before the Japanese implemented the kamikaze doctrine. Hornet was struck by one plane that was thought to have intentionally crashed into the ship after being heavily damaged by anti aircraft fire but this is not the same as a kamikaze attack. 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 a new Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy.
Min Wead: Star Spangled Spig
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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Connections

Referenced in John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) See more »

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Toot Toot Tootsie (Goodbye)
(uncredited)
Written by Al Jolson
Heard at the Navy' victory party
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An excellent "non-war" movie about people who make winning wars possible.
28 July 2002 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Despite the title and the time frame (and the misunderstanding of the movie by other reviewers), this is not a typical war movie. This movie is really a biography and personal study of the obsessiveness and dedication that is necessary in the technological nature of warfare today. In one respect it is too bad that the movie stars John Wayne because the expectation is that it would feature a "gung ho" performance. Instead it is an amazing acting effort by Wayne as a suffering, crippled, insensitive Navy officer and author whose vision and commitment made much of the Naval air force possible. It is an excellent performance by Wayne and almost more of a "stretch" for him than Dustin Hoffman portraying an autistic "Rainman."


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