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Wings of the Navy (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 11 February 1939 (USA)
Jerry and Cass have always been competitive. Now that Cass is a well respected Naval aviator like his father, Jerry leaves the submarine service to become a flying cadet with Class 61 at ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writer:

Michael Fessier (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ... Cass Harrington
Olivia de Havilland ... Irene Dale
John Payne ... Jerry Harrington
Frank McHugh ... Scat Allen
John Litel ... Commander Clark
Victor Jory ... Lt. Parsons
Henry O'Neill ... Prologue Speaker
John Ridgely ... Dan Morrison
John Gallaudet ... Lt. Harry White
Donald Briggs ... Instructor
Edgar Edwards ... Ted Parsons
Regis Toomey ... First Flight Instructor
Alberto Morin ... Armando Costa (as Albert Morin)
Jonathan Hale ... Commandant
Pierre Watkin ... Capt. March
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Storyline

Jerry and Cass have always been competitive. Now that Cass is a well respected Naval aviator like his father, Jerry leaves the submarine service to become a flying cadet with Class 61 at Pensacola. During training, Jerry meets and falls for Cass's fiancée Irene. After air sickness, jitters and a crash landing, Jerry gets his wings. Cass is not as lucky as he is crippled in a crash and must retire. Cass designs a new fighter for the Navy as Jerry pilots flying boats in San Diego. Jerry will do anything to show Cass that he is a better pilot, even if it means leaving the Navy to test the experimental fighter that killed test pilot Steve Conners. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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FOR ALL THE WORLD TO WITNESS THAT AMERICA WILL NOT BE UNPREPARED!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asas da Esquadra See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both William B. Davidson as Brown and Rosella Towne as Agnes are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members for their roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When the trainees arrive Pensacola there are several shots of planes taxiing and flying. In the background there are mountains, which do not exist around Pensacola. Rather, the scenes were filmed at North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego CA and Point Loma was the mountainous area in the background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dust Be My Destiny (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Wings Over the Navy
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening credits and often throughout the film
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Nearly, but lacks Fire Power
21 January 2011 | by dougandwinSee all my reviews

Having read all previous reviews, and having just watched this Movie again on TCM, it seems Warner Bros have tried very hard to make a stirring story at the same time as glorifying the US armed forces (as they were at that time). Sadly, they have failed to give any real life to what should have been more than just a run of the mill programmer. Cast-wise, George Brent is far too stodgy in a role made for a Flynn or Cagney, John Payne was fine (very early in his career), Olivia de Havilland was gorgeous but really had nothing to do and was wasted, while the usual Warner stalwarts (like McHugh and Toomey) played the same old characters they have portrayed in countless films. Photography was not bad at all, and the sound track was very good.


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