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The Wings of Eagles (1957)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, War  |  22 February 1957 (USA)
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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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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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THE SKY'S THE LIMIT! (original print ad - all caps) 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 floatplane at Pensacola was a rare Burgess N-9, sometimes misidentified as a Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny." Apparently a Jenny fuselage was used to film the crash in the admiral's swimming pool. See more »

Goofs

When Wead meets Captain "Jocko" the aircraft carrier bears the side number 3, which was USS Saratoga. Jocko Clark's ship was Yorktown (CV-10), which Wead joined in January 1944. Furthermore, the plane being hoisted aboard is an F4U Corsair, which did not deploy on carriers until December 1944. 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 »

Soundtracks

Aloha Oe
(uncredited)
Written by Queen Liliuokalani
Heard as Spig leaves his carrier
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28 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just caught this on TCM. It's a stretch in acting for Wayne, I think. He rarely did characters with flaws, either physical or mental.But he does a great job.

Did anyone catch a wonderful comment made by Wayne while he and the naval staff were watching films of the carriers being bombed? Wayne is commenting that the solution to the Navy's problem is obvious, but it is eluding him. There is some banter about how to get your thinking going when it's at a standstill. That is, how to get into action when things seem unworkable. Wayne comments, "In Hollywood we'd stop and look around and here's the 7th cavalry coming." All things considered, I thought it a great comment!


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