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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cass Harrington
... Irene Dale
... Jerry Harrington
... Scat Allen
... Commander Clark
... Lt. Parsons
... Prologue Speaker
... Dan Morrison
... Lt. Harry White
... Instructor
... Ted Parsons
... First Flight Instructor
... Armando Costa (as Albert Morin)
... Commandant
... Capt. March
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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!

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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Cincinnati Wednesday 7 November 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12); it first aired in Portland OR Sunday 23 December 1956 on KLOR (Channel 12), in Columbus Thursday 28 February 1957 on WTVN (Channel 6), in Los Angeles Monday 10 March 1957 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in Bloomington IN Tuesday 26 March 1957 on WTTV (Channel 4). See more »

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When testing the new plane in a dive, the plane appears to be making a vertical dive, but it is obvious from the cloud formations a horizontal image was rotated 90 degrees to appear to be a vertical image. See more »

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Referenced in Swingtime in the Movies (1938) See more »

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Wings Over the Navy
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening credits and often throughout the film
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Low on story plots but great on aviation shots
7 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

If you are interested in the aviation history (in general) or naval aviation (in particular), you might find this movie interesting. Otherwise, as a movie plot, the story is very thin indeed.

George Brent and John Payne play two naval brothers. Their father was a naval aviation hero, and Brent has followed in his footsteps as an aviator and instructor at the training station in Pensacola Florida. His younger brother, who has always looked up to him, wants to transfer from submarines to aviation after seeing his brother.

Filmed at the naval aviation bases in Pensacola and San Diego, there are some interesting shots of training sessions in the film. De Havilland plays Brent's fiancée who falls in love with Payne. Frank McHugh adds some humur, with that characteristic laugh of his, as one of Payne's fellow trainees.

Again, any plot here is overshadowed, for better or worse, by the aviation shots, thus making this more of a recruiting film than a movie with an interesting plot.


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