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I Wanted Wings (1941)

Approved | | Drama | 26 March 1941 (USA)
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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jeff Young
... Al Ludlow
... Tom Cassidy
... Capt. Mercer
... Carolyn Bartlett
... Sally Vaughn
... 'Sandbags' Riley
... Jimmy Masters
... President of the Court
... Judge Advocate
... Flight Commander
... Flight Surgeon
... Mickey
Douglas Aylesworth ... Lt. Hopkins
... Lt. Ronson
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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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Ray Milland was in a plane which was being test flown for a shot in the film. Sensing an opportunity, Milland (an amateur skydiver) was about to jump out of the plane to parachute for free, when the pilot informed him of engine trouble. Upon returning to the ground, Milland related the tale to the horrified film crew, one of whom was the costumer who informed him that the "parachute" on his back was merely a non-functional prop. See more »

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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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Spirit of the Air Corps
by William J. Clinch (as Capt. William J. Clinch)
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Just passable air force flick bogged down by script
4 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

Mitchell Leisen was drafted in to do this one after shooting had started when it wasn't coming together under the original director. He did a good job of the flying shots but the clichéd, inconsistent script stops this from being any more than passable.

The movie is also long, unusual for Leisen as he liked fast paced movies, and I guess some of this is due to scenes capturing the feel of the air force at work. However by the time you get back to the court martial scenes at the beginning you have almost forgotten what the trial was about.

I liked Brian Donlevy - thought he was convincing. Bill Holden was just starting out. Ray Milland always reminds me of a second rate Cary Grant, except he managed to do something later in his career that Cary was unable to do - win the Oscar for best actor. There is no development at all for his character in the script. Didn't mind Veronica Lake though she was apparently not a lot of fun to work with in this her first movie.

This movie is also referenced in Leisen's next movie "Hold Back the Dawn" as the movie Leisen is making when the Charles Boyer character comes in to tell his story.


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