Wing and a Prayer

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Wing and a Prayer (also known as Queen of the Flat Tops and Torpedo Squadron Eight) is a black-and-white 1944 war film about the heroic crew of an American carrier in the desperate early days of World War II in the Pacific theater, directed by Henry... read more

Wing and a Prayer (also known as Queen of the Flat Tops and Torpedo Squadron Eight) is a black-and-white 1944 war film about the heroic crew of an American carrier in the desperate early days of World War II in the Pacific theater, directed by Henry Hathaway and stars Don Ameche, Dana Andrews and William Eythe. Although arguably a classic propaganda movie, it was appreciated for its very realistic portrayal and was nominated for the 1944 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film title Wing and a Prayer was borrowed from a number one hit song in 1943, "Coming In On a Wing and a Prayer". In a bit of studio self-promotion, the carrier crew watches another 20th Century Fox picture, Tin Pan Alley (1940), during the film.

Original Release

01/01/1945

Cast

Don Ameche Flight Cmdr. Bingo Harper / Bingo Harper
Dana Andrews Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton / Edward Moulton
William Eythe Ens. Hallam 'Oscar' Scott / Hallam "Oscar" Scott
Charles Bickford Capt. Waddell / Captain Waddell
Cedric Hardwicke Admiral
Kevin O'Shea Ens. Charles 'Cookie' Cunningham / Charles "Cookie" Cunningham
Richard Jaeckel Beezy Bessemer
Harry Morgan Ens. Malcolm Brainard / Malcolm Brainard
Eddie Acuff Pharmacist's Mate
Stanley Andrews Marine General
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Henry Hathaway

Writers

Mortimer Braus, Jo Swerling, Jerome Cady

Cast

Don Ameche Flight Cmdr. Bingo Harper / Bingo Harper
Dana Andrews Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton / Edward Moulton
William Eythe Ens. Hallam 'Oscar' Scott / Hallam "Oscar" Scott
Charles Bickford Capt. Waddell / Captain Waddell
Cedric Hardwicke Admiral
Kevin O'Shea Ens. Charles 'Cookie' Cunningham / Charles "Cookie" Cunningham
Richard Jaeckel Beezy Bessemer
Harry Morgan Ens. Malcolm Brainard / Malcolm Brainard
Eddie Acuff Pharmacist's Mate
Stanley Andrews Marine General
Irving Bacon Sailor Projectionist
Chet Brandenburg Mail Orderly
Ralph Brooke Gunner
Gary Bruce Gunner
Neil Carter Telephone Orderly
George Chandler Sailor Assisting Projectionist
William Colby Minor Role
Robert Condon Pilot
Rim Conrad Pilot
Thomas Cowan Navigator

Producers

Editors

J. Watson Webb Jr.

1945 Oscar Best Writing, Original Screenplay Nominated
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