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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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  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination.
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Mary Preston
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Jack Powell (as Charles Rogers)
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David Armstrong
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Sylvia Lewis
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Herman Schwimpf
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Air Commander
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Cadet White
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The Sergeant
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David's Father
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Lt. Cameron
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David's Mother
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Celeste
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Soldier Flirting with Mary (uncredited)
Thomas Carr ...
Aviator (uncredited)
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Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Margery Chapin ...
Peasant Woman (uncredited)
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Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Peasant (uncredited)
Hal George ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Dick Grace ...
Aviator (uncredited)
Douglas Haig ...
(uncredited)
William Hickey ...
Charlton Blanchard (uncredited)
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Mrs. Powell (uncredited)
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Mr. Powell (uncredited)
Sgt. Jiggs ...
(uncredited)
Jane Laurell ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Recruit in Examination Office (uncredited)
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Army MP (uncredited)
Rod Rogers ...
Aviator (uncredited)
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Dressing Room Attendant (uncredited)
Frank Tomick ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Carl von Haartman ...
German Officer (uncredited)
Gloria Wellman ...
Peasant Child (uncredited)
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Doughboy (uncredited)
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Armstrong Butler (uncredited)
Zalla Zarana ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Directed by

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William A. Wellman
Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast ... (uncredited)

Written by

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John Monk Saunders ... (story)
 
Hope Loring ... (screenplay) and
Louis D. Lighton ... (screenplay)
 
Julian Johnson ... (titles)
 
Byron Morgan ... (story ideas) (uncredited)

Produced by

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B.P. Schulberg ... associate producer
Lucien Hubbard ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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J.S. Zamecnik ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Harry Perry ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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E. Lloyd Sheldon ... (editor-in-chief)
Lucien Hubbard ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Carl Pierson ... cutter (uncredited)
Mildred Richter ... cutter (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Hans Dreier ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Travis Banton ... (uncredited)
Edith Head ... (uncredited)

Production Management

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Frank M. Blount ... production manager (uncredited)
Lucien Hubbard ... production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Charles Barton ... assistant director (uncredited)
James Ewens ... assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Johnston ... assistant director (uncredited)
Norman Z. McLeod ... assistant director (uncredited)
E.K. Merritt ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Charles Barton ... property master (uncredited)
Paul B. Malone ... construction: Camp Stanley (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Ben Burtt ... sound designer: Skywalker Sound / sound effects editor: Skywalker Sound
Dustin Cawood ... sound effects editor: Skywalker Sound

Special Effects by

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Roy Pomeroy ... engineering effects (uncredited)
Barney Wolff ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Stunts

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Frank Andrews ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Pierce L. Butler ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Frank Clarke ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Hal George ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Dick Grace ... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Clarence Irvine ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Denis Kavanagh ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Cherie May ... stunt double (uncredited)
Earle E. Partridge ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Earl H. Robinson ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Rod Rogers ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Sterling R. Stribling ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Bill Taylor ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Frank Tomick ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Hoyt Vandenberg ... stunt pilot (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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L.B. Abbott ... additional photographer (uncredited)
E.F. Adams ... additional photographer (uncredited)
Bert Baldridge ... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Guy Bennett ... additional photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Blackstone ... additional photographer (uncredited)
William H. Clothier ... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Frank Cotner ... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Faxon M. Dean ... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Otto Dyar ... still photographer (uncredited)
Russell Harlan ... additional photographer (uncredited)
Art Lane ... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Ernest Laszlo ... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Harry Mason ... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Herbert Morris ... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Albert Myers ... additional photographer (uncredited)
Gene O'Donnell ... additional photographer (uncredited)
Ray Olsen ... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Paul Perry ... additional photographer (uncredited)
William Rand ... additional photographer (uncredited)
Eugene Richee ... still photographer (uncredited)
William Riley ... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Harry Schapp ... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Herman Schopp ... additional photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser ... assistant camera (uncredited)
E. Burton Steene ... additional photographer (uncredited)
George Stevens ... additional photographer (uncredited)
Sergeant Ward ... additional photographer (uncredited)
L. Guy Wilky ... camera operator: Akeley camera (uncredited)
Al Williams ... additional photographer (uncredited) / aerial camera operator (uncredited)

Music Department

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Michael Aarvold ... music mixer: restored score / music recordist: restored score
Robert Becker ... musician: viola - restored score (as Bob Becker)
Wayne Bergeron ... musician: trumpet - restored score
Peter Boyer ... conductor: restored score
Becky Bunnell ... musician: violin - restored score
Jeff Bunnell ... musician: trumpet - restored score
Eve Butler ... musician: violin - restored score
Mario De Leon ... musician: violin - restored score
Burnette Dillon ... musician: trumpet solo - restored score
Lisa Dondlinger ... musician: violin - restored score
Phil Feather ... musician: oboe, clarinet - restored score
Dominik Hauser ... music arranger: restored score / orchestrator: restored score
John Hayhurst ... musician: viola - restored score
Ira Hearshen ... conductor: restored score
Frederick Hodges ... addirional music arranger: restored score / musician: piano - restored score
Steve Holtman ... musician: trombone - restored score
Tiffany Y. Hu ... musician: violin - restored score (as Tiffany Hu)
Norman Hughes ... musician: violin - restored score (as Norm Hughes)
Sharon Jackson ... musician: violin - restored score
Pam Jacobson ... musician: viola - restored score
Peter Kent ... musician: violin - restored score
Renita Koven ... musician: viola - restored score
Armen Ksajikian ... musician: cello - restored score
Songa Lee ... musician: violin - restored score
Miriam Mayer ... musician: viola - restored score
Malcolm McNab ... musician: trumpet - restored score
Gregg Nestor ... music preparation: restored score
Sid Page ... musician: violin/concertmaster - restored score
Cameron Patrick ... musician: viola - restored score
Kazi Pitelka ... musician: viola - restored score
Vladimir Polimatidi ... musician: violin - restored score
Barbra Porter ... musician: violin - restored score
Carolyn Riley ... musician: viola - restored score
Kathleen Robertson ... musician: violin solo - restored score
Julie Rogers ... musician: violin - restored score
Nancy Roth ... musician: violin - restored score
David Stout ... musician: trombone solo - restored score
George Thatcher ... musician: trombone - restored score
Louise Di Tullio ... musician: flute, piccolo - restored score
Craig Ware ... musician: trombone - restored score
John Wittenberg ... musician: violin - restored score
Ed Wooley ... protools operator: restored score
Dan Goldwasser ... soundtrack producer: restored score (uncredited)

Other crew

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Jesse L. Lasky ... presenter
Adolph Zukor ... presenter
Frank Andrews ... commander: military pilots (uncredited)
Henry H. Arnold ... technical consultant (uncredited)
S.C. Campbell ... supervisor: flying sequences (uncredited)
Sterling Campbell ... technical director: flight sequences (uncredited)
Walter Ellis ... communications supervisor (uncredited)
Jack Ewing ... dog trainer: Jiggs (uncredited)
James A. Healy ... supervisor: flying sequences (uncredited)
A.M. Jones ... supervisor: ground troop maneuvers (uncredited)
E.P. Ketchum ... supervisor: trench system reproduction (uncredited)
Arthur Kocks ... business manager (uncredited)
Norman Kohn ... business manager (uncredited)
F.P. Lahm ... commander: military pilots (uncredited)
Rodger Manning ... business manager (uncredited)
Robert Mortimer ... ordnance supervisor (uncredited)
Edward Norris ... double: Buddy Rogers, Parisian hotel scene (uncredited)
Ted Parson ... supervisor: flying sequences (uncredited)
Harry Reynolds ... airplane preparation (uncredited)
Bill Taylor ... airplane preparation (uncredited)
Carl von Haartman ... supervisor: flying sequences (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Les ailes (France)
  • Flügel aus Stahl (Germany)
  • Flügel Aus Stahl (Germany)
  • Alas (Spain)
  • Alas (Uruguay)
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  • 144 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Was lost for decades until a copy was discovered languishing in the Cinematheque Francaise film archive in Paris, France. See more »
Goofs The film is set during the years 1917-1918. However, most of the female civilian clothes and hairstyles are contemporary with the late 1920s, particularly the clothes worn by Clara Bow in the home sequences and in the Follies Bergere sequence. Bow's and almost all the other female characters have bobbed hair, common in 1927 but almost non-existent during World War One. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Eagle and the Hawk (1933). See more »
Soundtracks The Star Spangled Banner See more »
Quotes Sergeant in Mervale: Hey, if youse guys need kissin' *I'll* kiss you - wit' a gun-butt!
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