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Men with Wings (1938)

Plot #1 is the love triangle between two guys and one girl as they grow into adults and affiliate themselves in the new aircraft industry. Plot #2 is aircraft evolution from the days of Wilbur and Orville Wright to just prior to WWII.

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William A. Wellman

Writer:

Robert Carson
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Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Pat Falconer
Ray Milland ... Scott Barnes
Louise Campbell ... Peggy Ranson
Andy Devine ... Joe Gibbs
Lynne Overman ... Hank Rinebow
Porter Hall ... Hiram F. Jenkins
Walter Abel ... Nick Ranson
Kitty Kelly ... Martha Ranson
Virginia Weidler ... Peggy Ranson at Age 8
Donald O'Connor ... Pat Falconer at Age 10
Billy Cook Billy Cook ... Scott Barnes at Age 10
James Burke ... J.A. Nolan
Willard Robertson ... Col. Hadley
Dennis Morgan ... Galton (as Richard Stanley)
Frank Clarke Frank Clarke ... Burke
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Plot #1 is the love triangle between two guys and one girl as they grow into adults and affiliate themselves in the new aircraft industry. Plot #2 is aircraft evolution from the days of Wilbur and Orville Wright to just prior to WWII.

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AMERICA'S GREATEST HEROES! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les hommes volants See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial television broadcast took place in Chicago Tuesday 3 February 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Omaha 13 February 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), by Seattle 21 June 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), by Grand Rapids 28 October 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by Pittsburgh 29 October 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), by Phoenix 1 November 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), by Milwaukee 6 November 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Detroit 5 December 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), and by Minneapolis 19 December 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11).. At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. It was released on DVD 9 December 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »

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Jones: Why don't he pull up?
Joe Gibbs: I don't know. He's always been kind of ignorant about the ground.
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Sappy Wooden Acting but Great Early Flying Scenes
6 December 2017 | by gsfsuSee all my reviews

This movie has two competing plots. One involves the relationship between two boys and one girl as they grow up and associate themselves with the new aircraft industry. The other involves the growth of the aircraft itself. The two plots fumble and fall over each other constantly with the love story getting the majority of the film.

The photography and flying scenes are really great for a movie of this age. The acting however leaves much to be desired. Both Fred MacMurray and Ray Milland are less than enthusiastic and the girl has some really poor lines and is less than convincing as a girl torn between two lovers.

Andy Devine provides some comic relief and is much thinner than seen in his subsequent Western sidekick roles.

In my opinion this movie tries telling too much story and doesn't connect the individual scenes adequately - and others are quite unbelievable (such as when the newspaper owner and editor pitch in to help complete an aircraft). Audiences of 1938 might have gone wild over the flying sequences but they don't wear well almost 80 years later. There have been several other movies that show WWI aircraft flying sequences much better (The Blue Max and Red Baron to name two).

Nevertheless, if you love this movie and would like a copy please email me (GSF1200S4U at yahoo dot com) and I will send you a copy.


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