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I Wanted Wings (1941)

Approved | | Drama, War | 10 July 1941 (Australia)
Story follows the training and personal lives of three recruits in the Army Air Corps --- a wealthy playboy, a college jock and an auto mechanic. Love interest is supplied by a female ... See full summary »

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Beirne Lay Jr. (screenplay) (as Lieut. Beirne Lay Jr.) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Jeff Young
William Holden ... Al Ludlow
Wayne Morris ... Tom Cassidy
Brian Donlevy ... Capt. Mercer
Constance Moore ... Carolyn Bartlett
Veronica Lake ... Sally Vaughn
Harry Davenport ... 'Sandbags' Riley
Phil Brown ... Jimmy Masters
Edward Fielding ... President of the Court
Willard Robertson ... Judge Advocate
Richard Lane ... Flight Commander
Addison Richards ... Flight Surgeon
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Mickey
Douglas Aylesworth Douglas Aylesworth ... Lt. Hopkins
John Trent ... Lt. Ronson
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Storyline

Story follows the training and personal lives of three recruits in the Army Air Corps --- a wealthy playboy, a college jock and an auto mechanic. Love interest is supplied by a female photographer and a sultry blonde. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1941 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Vuelo de águilas See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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It was on this film that Veronica Lake first got her reputation for being difficult. Co-stars Constance Moore and Brian Donlevy and director Mitchell Leisen did not get along with her. She was notoriously late and was often told to stay on set so she could be located when needed. See more »

Goofs

During the practice air raid when the P-40s attack the B-17s there are muzzle flashes over the noses of the fighters. The P-40's guns are six Brownings mounted three in each wing. [The P-40C Tomahawk's armament consisted of two .50 in (12.7 mm) Browning AN/M2 "light-barrel" dorsal nose-mount synchronized machine guns and two .303 Browning machine guns in each wing. This was found to be inadequate, so the two nose guns were deleted in the P-40D and subsequent models and the wing armament was upgraded to six (6) Browning M-2 .50 Cal machine guns.] See more »

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Referenced in Me Again (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Born to Love
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Music by Victor Young
Performed by Veronica Lake (uncredited) (dubbed by Martha Mears (uncredited))
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Peekabo Goes Aloft
26 April 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I Wanted Wings has its place in Hollywood history because of winning the Best Special Effects Oscar for 1941. It's story about three men who wanted to become pilots in the Army Air Corps and the women who loved them is a bit dated.

Ray Milland, William Holden, and Wayne Morris are three very different types looking to be pilots. Milland is a well known playboy from the Long Island horsey set, Morris a good natured football jock, and Holden a poor garage mechanic who wants to better himself. It all comes real easy for Milland while the other two have to sweat out under the tutelage of Flight Instructor Brian Donlevy who they keep running into no matter where they go in the Army Air Corps.

The women in their lives are Constance Moore photo journalist doing a cover story for a magazine like Life or Look and sultry nightclub singer Veronica Lake. Holden and she have a past, but she's got her eyes set on Milland's millions.

I Wanted Wings is of course at its best in the air. Director Mitchell Leisen is invading territory that normally belonged to William Wellman, still Leisen does a nice job with material he normally wouldn't be assigned to. I'm guessing Paramount wanted Wellman for director, but he was probably tied up someplace else.

These guys are all a wee bit too noble though, especially Holden who was getting type cast in what he called his 'Smiling Jim' roles. As for Milland, I'm not sure why everyone keeps going out of their way to pull his chestnuts out of the fire.

Veronica Lake got her first real big break it's with here that Leisen's talents shine. This was where the famous peekaboo hairdo with the accompanying come hither glance was invented.

I agree with other reviewers that the film was too long by about 25 minutes. Still I Wanted Wings should please the aviation fans out there.


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