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A biography of Navy flier-turned-screenwriter Frank W. "Spig" Wead.

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Frank W. 'Spig' Wead
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'Jughead' Carson
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Min Wead
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John Dodge
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John Dale Price
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Adm. Moffett
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Capt. Herbert Allen Hazard
James Todd ...
Jack Travis
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Capt. Jock Clark
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Manager
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Capt. Spear
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Barton
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Rose Brentmann
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Arizona Pincus (uncredited)
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Danny Borzage ...
Pete (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Bridy O'Faolain (uncredited)
Ken DuMain ...
Spectator at Screening (uncredited)
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Theater Patron (uncredited)
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MP at Garden Party (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Lila Wead (uncredited)
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Board Member (uncredited)
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Officer in Brawl (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Patient (uncredited)
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Naval Aide (uncredited)
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Dr. John Keye (uncredited)
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Producer (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Christopher James ...
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Naval Aide (uncredited)
Janet Lake ...
Nurse (uncredited)
William Paul Lowery ...
Wead's Baby - 'Commodore' (uncredited)
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Nurse Crumley (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
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Second Manager (uncredited)
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Spectator at Screening (uncredited)
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Congressman (uncredited)
Peter Ortiz ...
Lt. Charles Dexter (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ...
Joe McGuffey (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
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Doris Wead (uncredited)
Arthur Salzfass ...
Navy Pilot (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
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Air Officer (uncredited)
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Adm. Crown (uncredited)
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Naval Officer (uncredited)
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Executive Officer (uncredited)
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Bartender at Officer's Club (uncredited)
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Naval Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Ford

Written by

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Frank Fenton ... (screenplay) and
William Wister Haines ... (screenplay)
 
Frank Wead ... (based on the life and writings of) (as Commander Frank W. 'Spig' Wead)

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James E. Newcom ... associate producer
Charles Schnee ... producer

Music by

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Jeff Alexander

Cinematography by

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Paul Vogel ... director of photography (as Paul C. Vogel)

Film Editing by

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Gene Ruggiero

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Charles K. Hagedon ... color consultant

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Malcolm Brown
William A. Horning

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F. Keogh Gleason ... (as Keogh Gleason)
Edwin B. Willis

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William Tuttle ... makeup artist

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Tom Andre ... unit manager (uncredited)

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Wingate Smith ... assistant director

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Frank Wesselhoff ... painter (uncredited)

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Wesley C. Miller ... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
James Brock ... sound (uncredited)

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A. Arnold Gillespie ... special effects
Warren Newcombe ... special effects

Stunts

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Fred Graham ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Mantz ... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader ... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson ... stunts (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Walter Plunkett ... wardrobe: Miss O'Hara

Music Department

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Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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John Dale Price ... technical advisor (as Adm. John Dale Price USN [Ret])
John Keye ... technical advisor (uncredited)

Thanks

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Frank Wead ... dedicatee (as Commander Frank 'Spig' Wead)
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Plot Summary

U.S. Navy pilot Frank 'Spig' Wead is a fun-loving and rowdy adventurer, but also a fierce proponent of Naval aviation. His dedication to the promotion of the Navy's flying program is so intense that his marriage and family life suffer. When an accident paralyzes him, Spig finds a new means of expressing his love of flying: screenwriting. Successful and acclaimed, he finds the U.S. entry into World War II to be an irresistible call. Pleading that he be reinstated in the Navy despite his paralysis, Spig finds he has an enormous contribution yet to make. Written by Jim Beaver

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Also Known As
  • L'aigle vole au soleil (France)
  • Dem Adler gleich (Germany)
  • Escrito bajo el sol (Spain)
  • Asas de Águia (Brazil)
  • Alas de águila (Argentina)
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  • 110 min
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Budget $2,644,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia John Wayne was 25 years older than his character. See more »
Goofs When Frank "Spig" Wead is taking command of the aircraft carrier during WWII the car that drives up to the docked carrier is a 1950 or '51 Chevrolet or Pontiac yet the scene is supposed to be during the war, which ended in 1945. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Hell Divers (1931). See more »
Soundtracks Mama Inez See more »
Quotes Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: [while trying to regain nerve control of his toes in the hospital] I'm gonna move that toe!
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