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Wing and a Prayer (1944)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 11 January 1945 (Argentina)
In WW2, an American aircraft carrier sails around the Pacific on a decoy mission until it joins the battle of Midway against the Japanese forces.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Flight Cmdr. Bingo Harper
... Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton
... Ens. Hallam 'Oscar' Scott
... Capt. Waddell
... Admiral (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Kevin O'Shea ... Ens. Charles 'Cookie' Cunningham
... Beezy Bessemer
... Ens. Malcolm Brainard (as Henry Morgan)
... Ens. Gus Chisholm
... Executive Officer
... Ens. Cliff Hale
... Ens. Paducah Holloway
... Cmdr. O'Donnell
... Dooley
B.S. Pully ... Flat Top
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An aircraft carrier is sent on a decoy mission around the Pacific, with orders to avoid combat, thus lulling Japanese alertness before the battle of Midway. All the men have their individual worries and concerns, but become increasingly frustrated at their avoidance of combat, for reasons unknown to them. But in the end, all get their chance to fight. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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MIGHTY DRAMA OF AIRCRAFT CARRIER X (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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11 January 1945 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Queen of the Flat Tops  »

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$2,250,000, 31 December 1944
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Another contributor stated that some scenes were filmed aboard USS Yorktown. In 1944 this would have been USS Yorktown (CV-10). Originally scheduled to be named Bon Homme Richard. After the sinking of CV-5 at the Battle of Midway, the name was changed to Yorktown to commemorate the ship and men who went down with her. USS Yorktown is now a museum at Charleston, SC. (The name Bon Homme Richard, aka Bonnie Dick, later went to CV-31.) See more »

Goofs

When the commander of torpedo squadron five reported to the carrier captain he failed to salute. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton: Moulton to Squadron. Remember when you think you're in close, go in closer before you drop that fish.
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Referenced in A Wish for Wings That Work (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

You Say the Sweetest Things (Baby)
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Music by Harry Warren
Played during the showing of and taken from the film Tin Pan Alley (1940)
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Ameche
28 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

The movie itself is entertaining and rather predictable at times. Kind of like the movie mill war stories of that era. The roll played by Don Ameche was not a Don Ameche roll. Ameche is better known for his humor, IE: The Bickersons and Cocoon. The roll of a sad, by the book Navy officer must have been a stretch for him, but he did it in perfection. He became a dark shadow in scenes where he just walks through and always alone. The lonely man, hardly cracking a smile. Everyone hating him, tough to the point, lonely, misunderstood and doing the job he was appointed to do. It makes you wonder how many men had to be this way during any war.

Ameche should have won an Acadamy Award for his role in this movie.


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