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The Wings of Eagles (1957)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 22 February 1957 (USA)
A biography of Navy flier-turned-screenwriter Frank W. "Spig" Read.

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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
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Capt. Jock Clark
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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 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:

Dem Adler gleich  »

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$2,644,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)|

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The real Frank Wead grew noticeably balder as he got older (World War II era). In order to be accurate about that, this is the only film in which John Wayne appears without his toupee. His toupee did briefly fall off during a fight scene in North to Alaska (1960). See more »

Goofs

When Jughead is showing Spig the carrier, Saratoga the carrier appears to be a Midway class carrier. The Midway carriers didn't appear until late 1945. Also, the aircraft on the deck are Grumman TBF Avengers and Chance Vought F4U Corsairs - both types were developed in the late 30's - not available in 1927. See more »

Quotes

John Dodge: I don't want a story just about ships and planes. I want it about the men who run them - how they live and think and talk. I want it from a pen dipped in salt water, not dry martinis.
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Connections

Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman, lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles and George D. Lottman
Used as a theme throughout the film
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A Fella Named Spig
25 April 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

John Ford's biopic about the life of aviator-turned-screenwriter Frank "Spig" Wead, played by John Wayne. It's an odd movie. The first half is light with slapstick comedy and one dark moment. The second half is a drama about overcoming adversity. The mix doesn't work that well. The comedy is mostly weak. The dramatic stuff is better, though a little depressing. More faithful, facts-wise, than your average biopic from back in the day. For whatever that's worth. Cast is full of Ford regulars. Maureen O'Hara is beautiful but it's not her best work. My favorite part is Ward Bond as John Dodge, an obvious parody of Ford himself.


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