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Wings of the Navy (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 11 February 1939 (USA)
Jerry and Cass have always been competitive. Now that Cass is a well respected Naval aviator like his father, Jerry leaves the submarine service to become a flying cadet with Class 61 at ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writer:

Michael Fessier (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ... Cass Harrington
Olivia de Havilland ... Irene Dale
John Payne ... Jerry Harrington
Frank McHugh ... Scat Allen
John Litel ... Commander Clark
Victor Jory ... Lt. Parsons
Henry O'Neill ... Prologue Speaker
John Ridgely ... Dan Morrison
John Gallaudet ... Lt. Harry White
Donald Briggs ... Instructor
Edgar Edwards ... Ted Parsons
Regis Toomey ... First Flight Instructor
Alberto Morin ... Armando Costa (as Albert Morin)
Jonathan Hale ... Commandant
Pierre Watkin ... Capt. March
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Storyline

Jerry and Cass have always been competitive. Now that Cass is a well respected Naval aviator like his father, Jerry leaves the submarine service to become a flying cadet with Class 61 at Pensacola. During training, Jerry meets and falls for Cass's fiancée Irene. After air sickness, jitters and a crash landing, Jerry gets his wings. Cass is not as lucky as he is crippled in a crash and must retire. Cass designs a new fighter for the Navy as Jerry pilots flying boats in San Diego. Jerry will do anything to show Cass that he is a better pilot, even if it means leaving the Navy to test the experimental fighter that killed test pilot Steve Conners. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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FOR ALL THE WORLD TO WITNESS THAT AMERICA WILL NOT BE UNPREPARED!

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asas da Esquadra See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The ship that Scat thinks is shooting at him during his solo flight is the destroyer U.S.S. Chandler (DD-206). Commissioned in 1919, she was converted to a minesweeper (DMS-9) in 1941 and served throughout World War II in the Pacfic earning 8 battle stars. She was decommissioned in November 1945 and sold for scrap a year later. See more »

Goofs

When the trainees arrive Pensacola there are several shots of planes taxiing and flying. In the background there are mountains, which do not exist around Pensacola. Rather, the scenes were filmed at North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego CA and Point Loma was the mountainous area in the background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Swingtime in the Movies (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Wings Over the Navy
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening credits and often throughout the film
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Of exceptional interest to old movie buffs, historians and airplane buffs,...others might find it a bit contrived
24 September 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am biased, as are all film reviewers. There are certain types of films we are naturally more positively predisposed to, and this is one of them for me. I love history and aviation and so it's not at all surprising that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Heck, there were a lot of very similar movies in the 1930s and 1940s--films about young cadets trying to make it through flight school, bombardier school, etc. After a while, they tend to blend a bit together in my head and I am sure that the average viewer would get tired of the genre pretty quickly. But if you also consider that this film was made by Warner Brothers (who made a lot of similar films) and stars some wonderful actors that I truly enjoy watching (George Brent, Olivia DeHavilland, John Payne and Frank McHugh), it's natural that I should like it. But, on the other hand, will you? Well, if you love this type of film, you are sure to be impressed. If you have not, then you probably will find that the film is a tad contrived and clichéd--particularly regarding the romantic triangle in the film. But considering how marvelously done the flying sequences are (exceptional for the time), the consistency of the writing and acting and the overall fun of the film, I think the average person would still probably give this movie a score of 6. I myself give it an 8 but realize that a good compromise between non-aviation/old movie lovers/history teachers and nuts like me is a score of 7.


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