Wings of the Navy

75
  • NR
  • Genre(s): Drama Romance
  • Release year: 1939
  • Running time: 89 min
Biplanes flying in formation past the Washington Monument. A flotilla of seaplanes rising majestically off the surface of the Atlantic. Flyboys loop-de-looping their crafts through the wild blue yonder. A power dive that goes terrifyingly wrong. Wings... read more
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Biplanes flying in formation past the Washington Monument. A flotilla of seaplanes rising majestically off the surface of the Atlantic. Flyboys loop-de-looping their crafts through the wild blue yonder. A power dive that goes terrifyingly wrong. Wings of the Navy's story concerns two pilot brothers (George Brent and John Payne) who fall for the same girl (Olivia de Havilland, in the first of five films she would appear in during 1939, including Gone With the Wind), but the film is most memorable for its thrilling, you-are-there scenes of aerial glory. With war clouds gathering in Europe, many Americans looked anxiously to their own nation's military readiness. "For all the world to witness that America will not be unprepared!" declared the film’s advertising—and backed it up with bravura footage shot at Pensacola Naval Station in Florida and North Island Naval Station at Coronado, California.

Original Release

02/03/1939

US Release

02/03/1939

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Cast

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
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Directors

Lloyd Bacon

Writers

Michael Fessier

Cast

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
Jonathan Hale Commandant
Pierre Watkin Capt. March
Donald Douglas Officer of the Day
Max Hoffman Jr. Drilling Officer
Alan Davis Check Pilot
Larry Williams Aviator
Eddie Acuff Reporter

Producers

Hal B. Wallis Executive Producer
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Louis F. Edelman Producer

Editors

George Amy, William Holmes

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