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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" 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
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Capt. Jock Clark
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Capt. Spear
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Barton
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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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(Westrex Recording System)|

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(Metrocolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is a scene in the movie where we see the director, played by Ward Bond, looking at a clip of a film written by the main character. The clip is from the film Hell Divers (1931), which was actually written by Frank Wead. In the same scene, Bond asks one of the producers, "How'd you like that kid with Beery (Wallace Beery)?" The producer says, "Great. Sign him up." The actor they are talking about is Clark Gable. See more »

Goofs

When Jughead is showing Spig the "new" carrier, Saratoga a flight of airplanes goes overhead. The airplanes are Douglas AD-1s (Later A1E). The AD-1 wasn't developed until late 1945 and the first ones were delivered to the Navy in December 1946 - thus, totally wrong for 1927 when the Saratoga was commissioned. 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

Toot Toot Tootsie (Goodbye)
(uncredited)
Written by Al Jolson
Heard at the Navy' victory party
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it must be the Metrocolor
5 July 2007 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

This bio-pic about the naval aviation proponent and writer Frank "Spig" Wead may have one sitting on the fence for a moment or two at the beginning, not sure whether or not to stay with it, but there's a magic that slowly casts its spell, with the Metrocolor and a great opening set in Pensacola, Florida in the 20's, and John Wayne as "Spig" Wead commandeering a pontoon plane and crashing it right into a big party for southern belles and military brass. And the rest of the film does its best not to let the opening down. For a John Ford-John Wayne collaboration that maybe not that many people have ever even heard of, this film is a true surprise, not only looking fantastic with the sets and color, but featuring great acting from Wayne in a very different role for him. The chemistry between him and Maureen O'Hara had a few years to refine itself after "THE QUIET MAN", and here it seems even more interesting and mature, if a little less fiery.


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