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Ships with Wings (1941)

Approved | | Drama, War | 20 November 1942 (Mexico)
Lt. Dick Stacey is dismissed from the Fleet Air Arm for poor discipline. He joins the Aircraft Carrier "HMS Ark Royal" (The Ship with Wings). When they go into battle in the Mediterranean ... See full summary »

Director:

Sergei Nolbandov

Writers:

Patrick Kirwan (screen play), Austin Melford (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Clements John Clements ... Lieut. Stacey
Leslie Banks ... Vice-Admiral Weatherby
Jane Baxter ... Celia Weatherby
Ann Todd ... Kay Gordon
Basil Sydney ... Capt. Fairfax
Edward Chapman ... Papadopoulos
Hugh Williams ... Wagner
Frank Pettingell ... Fields
Michael Wilding ... Lieut. Grant
Michael Rennie ... Lieut. Maxwell
Cecil Parker ... German Air Marshal
John Stuart ... Commdr. Hood
Frank Cellier ... Gen. Scarappa
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... C.P.O.Marsden
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... MacDermott
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Lt. Dick Stacey is dismissed from the Fleet Air Arm for poor discipline. He joins the Aircraft Carrier "HMS Ark Royal" (The Ship with Wings). When they go into battle in the Mediterranean he acts heroically and redeems himself. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Drama | War

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Opening credits prologue: TYNESIDE 1936 See more »


Soundtracks

When Did It Begin?
(uncredited)
Music by Geoffrey Wright
Lyrics by Diana Morgan and Robert McDermott (uncredited)
Arranged by Peter Yorke (uncredited)
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British Wartime Propaganda Film Featuring HMS Ark Royal, Now a Historic Curio:
19 November 2016 | by robertguttmanSee all my reviews

Yes, this is British wartime propaganda. Yes, the story-line often seems cartoonish. Yes, some of the special effects seem as though they're out of a 1930s serial. While all those points are granted, "Ships With Wings, does score on featuring a lot of well-known British film and stage personalities of the period, along with some others; including Michael Wilding (Elizabeth Taylor's first husband) and Michael Rennie(The Day the Earth Stood Still) who would become well-known later on. However, "Ships with Wings" scores the most points for its' inclusion of many scenes of air operations on board the Royal Navy's famous aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal, with Blackburn Skua dive bombers, Fairey Fulmar fighters and Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers. HMS Ark Royal had actually been sunk by the time this film was released in 1942, but not before the Fleet Air Arm's Swordfish torpedo bombers, the immortal "String-Bags", had crippled the Italian fleet at Taranto. Look also for historic scenes of the real "Force H" operating in the Mediterranean, showing HMS Ark Royal accompanied by the Battleship HMS Bahram and battle-cruiser HMS Renown.

Rate this one an "8"; not for it's story, acting or special effects, but for it's value as an historic curio of the times in which it was produced.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1942 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Atsalenioi gigantes See more »

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Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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