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The Wings of Eagles

The Wings of Eagles
Movie: The Wings of Eagles(1957)[tt0051198] 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 byJim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>
Title The Wings of Eagles
Release Date 22 February 1957 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Biography, Drama, War
Production Companies Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
John Wayne
John Wayne...
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead...
Dan Dailey
Dan Dailey...
'Jughead' Carson...
Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara...
Min Wead...
Ward Bond
Ward Bond...
John Dodge...
Ken Curtis
Ken Curtis...
John Dale Price...
Edmund Lowe
Edmund Lowe...
Adm. Moffett...
Kenneth Tobey
Kenneth Tobey...
Capt. Herbert Allen Hazar...
Barry Kelley
Barry Kelley...
Capt. Jock Clark...
Sig Ruman
Sig Ruman...
Manager...
Henry O'Neill
Henry O'Neill...
Capt. Spear...
Willis Bouchey
Willis Bouchey...
Barton...
Dorothy Jordan
Dorothy Jordan...
Rose Brentmann...

Reviews

ma-cortes on 5 July 2011
Wonderfully shot Ford film with a lively look at the spirit of Navy , including glorification of military life , familiar drama , love and sentimental nostalgia with interesting character studio of a varied assortment of individuals . It's a first-rate war melodrama , including comedy , and masterfully directed by the great John Ford . It's based on the life of one of America's greatest air heroes , Frank ¨Spig¨Wead , an Air hero who wrote plays about the war . He starred some rousing exploits in the ¨Schneider Cup Air Races¨. But he suffers a home accident and is interned in ¨San Diego National Hospital¨, and despite being crippled and wheel-bound he subsequently made a substantial contribution to America's war effort in the Pacific during WWII. He was a famous aviation pioneer become Hollywood screenwriter and one of them was ¨They were expendable (1945) ¨ directed by the same Ford and also with Wayne in the main role . This is a great and stolid drama, a John Ford's lusty realization and marvelously constructed. This classic picture ranks as one of the best of John Ford's work. It contains Ford's usual themes as familiar feeling , a little bit enjoyable humor, friendship and and sense of comradeship among people . Multiple highlights as the fights between Air and Army soldiers and of course the sensible final farewell on the carrier . Interesting screenplay portraying in depth characters and brooding events with interesting issues running beneath script surface is written by Frank Fenton, John Ford's habitual, and based on the life and writings of Commander Frank W. 'Spig' Wead . This excellent film featuring a magnificent performance by whole casting . Awesome John Wayne in a larger-than-life character . Enticing and intimate Maureen O'Hara in a sensible role with sensational acting . Excellent co-starring cast as War Bond as John Ford-alter ego, including pipe-smoking and hat . In the film appears , as usual , Ford's favourite actors as Ken Curtis , Mae Marsh , Kenneth Tobey, Willis Bouchey, Jack Pennick , some of them are uncredited . Good cinematography by Paul Voguel and jingoist musical score by Jeff Alexander. Rating : Better than average . Worthwhile watching .

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