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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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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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TOGETHER AGAIN FOR LAUGHS!...those two wonderful Johns of "The Quiet Man" - director John Ford and favorite star John Wayne, with that red-headed honey, Maureen O'Hara, in a high-flying romantic comedy! 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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(Metrocolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character of John Dodge was a fictional version of John Ford. Many of the props in Dodge's office--the Oscars, the pipe, the hollow cane--were borrowed from Ford. See more »

Goofs

When Wead takes the Army pilot for a flight in the seaplane, he uses an electric starter to get the engine going. Planes of that era had to be started by hand-pulling the propeller blades, called "propping," a very dangerous and tricky procedure. 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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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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