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Wings (1927)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 5 January 1929 (USA)
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Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.

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Complete credited cast:
... Mary Preston
... Jack Powell (as Charles Rogers)
... David Armstrong
... Sylvia Lewis
... Herman Schwimpf
... Air Commander
... Cadet White
... The Sergeant
... David's Father
... Lt. Cameron
... David's Mother
... Celeste
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Two young men from the same town but different social classes end up as fighter pilots in WW1. Jack Preston is a keen auto mechanic, building and modifying cars. David Armstrong comes from a wealthy family. They are both in love with the same woman, Sylvia. Her heart belongs to David but she doesn't let Jack know and plays along with his infatuation. Meanwhile, Jack's neighbour, Mary, is deeply in love with him but he just views her as a friend. WW1 interrupts the romantic entanglements as Jack and David enlist in the US Army Air Service (Air Service of the AEF at the time). They are initially bitter enemies, due to them both vying for Sylvia's affections. Over time, however, they become very good friends. They are both posted to the same fighter squadron in France, where being a fighter pilot means every day could easily be your last. Written by grantss

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An Epic of the Air See more »

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Drama | Romance | War | Action

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Rated PG-13 for war violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 January 1929 (USA)  »

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Alas  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects)| | (2012 restoration edition)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film played in theaters for sixty-three weeks upon initial release. One of the reasons why it was such a resounding success was that the public had become obsessed with aviation following Charles Lindbergh's successful trans-Atlantic flight. See more »

Goofs

Mary paints the shooting star on only one side of the car. But a shot or two later of the car from a different angle, where they are standing in front of the car, reveals enough information to show that the shooting star is now painted on both sides of the car. See more »

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Title Card: On the high sea of heaven - The enemy! Count von Kellermann - famous German ace and leader of the Flying Circus. The rival leaders signal for attack. At ten thousand feet above the earth, the opposing squadrons hurl themselves into a 'dog fight'.
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Featured in The House That Shadows Built (1931) See more »

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Le Roi D'ys
(credited on 2012 restored score only)
Written by Edouard Lalo
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Dated, true...but entertaining
2 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

You could justifiably criticize WINGS lesser moments: the naive, "gee-whiz" dialog...the less than comedic "champagne" sequence in Paris...any of the romantic scenes...the idealized view of military life.... But as light entertainment, WINGS manages to hold its own, despite the passage of years. The battle scenes, easily the highlight of the film, may not have the intensity of later films, but the narrative is clear and precise. And this was not meant to be the last word in documentary accuracy: it's an adventure film tinged with romance, with engaging aerial fight scenes that capture your attention whenever they occur.

And personally, I felt that the music from the Wurlitzer organ tied together the film's various themes, musical and narrative, quite tidily.


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