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Wings Over Honolulu (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 16 May 1937 (USA)
A Navy pilot gets involved in a romantic triangle while stationed in Hawaii.


H.C. Potter


Mildred Cram (story in "Redbook Magazine"), Isabel Dawn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Wendy Barrie ... Lauralee Curtis
Ray Milland ... Lt. Samuel Gilchrist
Kent Taylor ... Gregory Chandler
William Gargan ... Lieutenant Jack Furness
Polly Rowles ... Rosalind Furness
Mary Philips ... Hattie Penletter
Samuel S. Hinds ... Admiral Furness
Margaret McWade ... Nellie Curtis
Clara Blandick ... Evie Curtis
Joyce Compton ... Caroline
Louise Beavers ... Mammy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Steed Garrison Ralph Steed Garrison ... Admiral Furness' Daughter's Escort


Adapted by Isabel Dawn and Boyce de Gaw from a "Redbook Magazine" story by Mildred Cram with, apparently, none of the three understanding much about military trials or else the Ray Milland character would have ended up with a dishonorable discharge and twenty years in the slammer. Story begins at a birthday party given for Virginia deb Lauralee Curtis by her adoring aunts Nellie and Evie Curtis. Wealthy Yankee Gregory Chandler claims the first dance and spends the night unfolding dazzling vistas of yachts, wealth and far-off romantic places and asks Lauralee to marry him. She declines, as properly brought-up southern girls do not accept first-night proposals or, most of the time, propositions. But this changes when navy flyers Lieutenants Stony Gilchrist and Jack Furness make a forced landing on the Curtis plantation, and it is a case of love at first sight when Lauralee meets Stony,evidently because Lauralee and Stony are the only two people at the party with British accents. She ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Never Before Told! Thw Woman's Side of the Navy! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Cactus Theatre -Lubbock, Texas - April 7, 1938) See more »


Drama | Romance


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Universal Pictures production number 871. See more »


Greg Chandler: [to Lauralee] If I can ever be around when you want me to be around, I'll probably be around.
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1 January 2001 | by rob-284See all my reviews

A spoiled debutante (mannered & shrill Wendy Barrie, the poor man's Katharine Hepburn) has trouble adjusting to life as the wife of a Navy flyboy (the always-overrated Ray Milland). This woman's-magazine storyline is terminally boring, and aviation buffs attracted by the title will be disappointed, as barely 5 of the film's excruciating 80 minutes are given over to aerial footage. Oscar nominee for Best Cinematography in the era in which every studio was invited to put up a title in the tech categories, and this was the best Universal could come up with.

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Release Date:

16 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A l'est de Shanghaï See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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