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Winged Victory (1944)

Approved | | Drama, War | 22 December 1944 (USA)
Pinky Scariano, Allan Ross, and Frankie Davis all join the Army Air Forces with hopes of becoming pilots. In training, they meet and become pals with Bobby Grills and Irving Miller, and the... See full summary »

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Moss Hart (play), Moss Hart (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lon McCallister ... Francis William 'Frankie' Davis (as Pvt. Lon McCallister)
Jeanne Crain ... Helen
Edmond O'Brien ... Irving Miller (as Sgt. Edmond O'Brien)
Jane Ball ... Jane Preston
Mark Daniels ... Alan William Ross (as Sgt. Mark Daniels)
Jo-Carroll Dennison ... Dorothy Ross
Don Taylor ... Danny 'Pinkie' Scariano (as Cpl. Don Taylor)
Judy Holliday ... Ruth Miller
Lee J. Cobb ... Doctor (as Cpl. Lee Cobb)
Peter Lind Hayes ... O'Brien (as T/Sgt. Peter Lind Hayes)
Red Buttons ... Whitey / Andrews Sister (as Cpl. Red Buttons)
Barry Nelson ... Robert Edward 'Bobby' Crills (as Cpl. Barry Nelson)
Rune Hultman Rune Hultman ... Dave Anderson (as Sgt. Rune Hultman)
Gary Merrill ... Capt. McIntyre (as Cpl. Garry Merrill)
George Reeves ... Lt. Thompson (as Sgt. George Reeves)
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Storyline

Pinky Scariano, Allan Ross, and Frankie Davis all join the Army Air Forces with hopes of becoming pilots. In training, they meet and become pals with Bobby Grills and Irving Miller, and the five struggle through the rigid training and grueling tests involved in becoming pilots. Not all of them succeed, and tragedy awaits for some. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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pilot | based on play | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cita en los cielos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Judy Holliday. See more »

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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

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Pennsylvania Polka
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Written by Lester Lee and Zeke Manners
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I'm in Winged Victory but you won't see me...
28 May 2006 | by RSebensSee all my reviews

I have fond memories of helping to 'make' Winged Victory. As an aviation cadet stationed at Santa Ana, several bus-loads of us were taken to Camp Pendleton to the campsite someone else mentioned above. We were seated around, watching a Christmas show produced by the soldiers stationed on the 'island'. Three performers with mop wigs did a lip-sync imitation of the Andrews Sisters. I think mail call was then going on when the sirens started. Everyone was instructed to 'scatter' and just get out of sight. Some went up the beach out of sight for a swim. I was in a group that crawled into a dummy tent (no tent flap) and we had a long session of poker. The film producers had quite a time trying to round up enough soldiers to do a re-take of the scene. Of course planes were dubbed in later to bomb the camp. They also did a PT session at the SAAC base with hundreds doing exercises and Lon and a taller actor participating. I joined in helping to push one of them up and down when retakes of chinning themselves became overwhelming. I never did see the movie but heard once that that scene was not used. There was a report that a preview used it, and that one of our hands was showing on the cropped scene (we were holding their legs to assist in the exercise). Thanks for the reminiscing. I would love to see it.


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