The Wings Of Eagles

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The Wings of Eagles is a 1957 American Metrocolor film starring John Wayne, Dan Dailey and Maureen O'Hara, based on the life of Frank "Spig" Wead and the history of U.S. Naval aviation from its inception through World War II. The film is a tribute to... read more
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The Wings of Eagles is a 1957 American Metrocolor film starring John Wayne, Dan Dailey and Maureen O'Hara, based on the life of Frank "Spig" Wead and the history of U.S. Naval aviation from its inception through World War II. The film is a tribute to Wead (who died ten years earlier, in 1947, at the age of 52) from his friend, director John Ford, and was based on Wead's "We Plaster the Japs", published in a 1944 issue of American Magazine. John Wayne plays naval aviator-turned-screenwriter Wead, who wrote the story or screenplay for such films as Hell Divers with Wallace Beery and Clark Gable, Ceiling Zero with James Cagney, and the Oscar-nominated World War II drama They Were Expendable in which Wayne co-starred with Robert Montgomery. The supporting cast features Ward Bond, Ken Curtis, Edmund Lowe and Kenneth Tobey. This film was the third of five in which Wayne and O'Hara appeared together; others were Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), McLintock! (1963) and Big Jake (1971).

Original Release

02/22/1957

Cast

John Wayne Frank W. 'Spig' Wead
Dan Dailey 'Jughead' Carson
Maureen O'Hara Min Wead
Ward Bond John Dodge
Ken Curtis John Dale Price
Edmund Lowe Adm. Moffett
Kenneth Tobey Capt. Herbert Allen Hazard
James Todd Jack Travis
Barry Kelley Capt. Jock Clark
Sig Ruman Manager
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Ford

Writers

Frank Wead, Frank Fenton, William Haines, Charles Schnee, William Wister Haines

Cast

John Wayne Frank W. 'Spig' Wead
Dan Dailey 'Jughead' Carson
Maureen O'Hara Min Wead
Ward Bond John Dodge
Ken Curtis John Dale Price
Edmund Lowe Adm. Moffett
Kenneth Tobey Capt. Herbert Allen Hazard
James Todd Jack Travis
Barry Kelley Capt. Jock Clark
Sig Ruman Manager
Henry O'Neill Capt. Spear
Willis Bouchey Barton
Dorothy Jordan Rose Brentmann
Charles Trowbridge
Stuart Holmes
Louis Jean Heydt Dr. John Keye
Alberto Morin

Producers

Editors

Gene Ruggiero

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