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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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Complete credited cast:
'Jughead' Carson
Min Wead
John Dale Price
Adm. Moffett
Capt. Herbert Allen Hazard
James Todd ...
Jack Travis
Barry Kelley ...
Capt. Jock Clark
Capt. Spear
Rose Brentmann


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 LIFE STORY OF COMMANDER "SPIG" WEAD. FUN AND THRILLS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Biography | Drama | War


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Release Date:

22 February 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dem Adler gleich  »

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(Westrex Recording System)|



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Frank and Min's infant son is buried at St. Michaels Cemetery in Pensacola, FL. According to the state's death records, he died on Feb. 28, 1920, just a little over two weeks after his first birthday. See more »


When Spig and Hazard are about to crash, it's obvious there is no crew in the plane as it approaches the admiral's pool. After the crash, Spig and Hazard reappear in the cockpit. See more »


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


You're In The Army Now
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Heard as a theme
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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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