A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply centre. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the ... See full summary »
John Ford weaves three "Judge Priest" stories together to form a good- natured exploration of honour and small-town politics in the South around the turn of the century. Judge William ... See full summary »
Rio Grande takes place after the Civil War when the Union turned their attention towards the Apaches. Union officer Kirby Yorke is in charge of an outpost on the Rio Grande in which he is ... See full summary »
Out on patrol in the war-time desert a Canadian corporal reminisces about the woman he has left behind in London and ponders whether she will fall for the charms of his rival in love. At ... See full summary »
John M. Stahl
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
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According to director John Ford, "Everything in the picture was true. The fight in the club - throwing the cake - actually happened. I can verify that as an eyewitness. I ducked it. And the plane landing in the swimming pool right in the middle of the Admiral's tea - that really happened." See more »
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 »
I'm not going
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead:
Stay broke and keep moving that the story of our lives.
Spig you got two daughters and they lived in seven different houses and seven seven states and seven different years back and forth across the country and out of it too. Well, I'm just not going to move them anymore.
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead:
Well, Have a Drink
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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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