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Wings of the Morning (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 11 March 1937 (USA)
First Technicolor movie shot in the British Isles, features Gypsies, horse racing, singing and romance.

Directors:

Harold D. Schuster, Glenn Tryon (uncredited)

Writers:

Dorothea Donn-Byrne (based on stories by) (as Donn Byrne), Thomas J. Geraghty (screenplay) (as Tom Geraghty)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annabella ... Young Marie (Prologue) / Maria, Duchess of Leyva
Henry Fonda ... Kerry Gilfallen
Leslie Banks ... Lord Clontarf
Stewart Rome ... Sir Valentine
Irene Vanbrugh ... Old Marie
Harry Tate Harry Tate ... Paddy
Helen Haye ... Aunt Jenepher
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Don Diego (as Teddy Underdown)
Mark Daly Mark Daly ... James Patrick Aloysius 'Jimmy' Brannigan
Sam Livesey ... Angelo
E.V.H. Emmett E.V.H. Emmett ... Racing Commentator
R.C. Lyle R.C. Lyle ... Racing Commentator (as Captain R.C. Lyle)
John McCormack ... John McCormack - the Tenor
Steve Donoghue Steve Donoghue ... Steve Donahue
D.J. Williams D.J. Williams ... Marik (Prologue)
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Storyline

In 1889, A gypsy princess, Young Marie (Annabella), loses her aristocratic husband when his is killed in an accident. Nearly a half-century later , her granddaughter Maria (Annabella) falls in love with a Canadian horse trainer, Kerry Gilfallan (Henry Fonda), working to prepare entries for Epsom Downs Derby. Although she is engaged to marry a man in Spain, she falls in love with Kerry and he with her. Complications arise when the Spanish fiancé reappears. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

ANNABELLA - Remember her unusual name...you'll never forget her lovely face! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance | Sport | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciganska krv See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Filming started with Glenn Tryon as director and Harold D. Schuster as editor; Tryon was fired and Schuster took over in June 1936. See more »

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Featured in Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Killarney
(uncredited)
Music by Michael William Balfe
Words by Edmund Falconer
Performed by John McCormack
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Good Movie, Great Singer
4 May 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"Wings Of The Morning" is a good movie. Not a great movie, but a good one and there are several reasons to watch it. First and foremost, it is a rare opportunity to see and hear Ireland's most famous tenor, John McCormack. He sings several songs as the featured entertainer at a dinner party. He doesn't appear in the picture until about an hour into it, but his gorgeous tenor voice delivers "Killarney" and "All Those Endearing Young Charms" and it is worth the wait.

This is also England's first Technicolor movie and it is pretty in its own right, but must seem primitive to film sophisticates. Especially eye-catching are shots of the Irish countryside as McCormack sings. Annabella makes her English-speaking debut in this picture and she is beautiful but her accent makes her difficult to understand at times.

Well, that's about it. The story is ordinary, the plot points telegraphed and it moves at glacial speed. I would have rated it lower were it not for the reasons mentioned above.


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