Wings of Eagles

The Wings of Eagles

Director: John Ford

Cast: John Ford, John Wayne, Dan Dailey, Maureen O'Hara

     
 

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The Wings of Eagles is filmmaker John Ford's paean to his frequent collaborator--and, it is rumored, drinking buddy--Cmdr. Frank "Spig" Wead. John Wayne stars as Wead, a reckless WW1 Naval aviator who (it says here) was instrumental in advancing the cause of American "air power." In private life, Wead becomes estranged from his wife Minnie (Maureen O'Hara)

Overview

The Wings of Eagles is filmmaker John Ford's paean to his frequent collaborator--and, it is rumored, drinking buddy--Cmdr. Frank "Spig" Wead. John Wayne stars as Wead, a reckless WW1 Naval aviator who (it says here) was instrumental in advancing the cause of American "air power." In private life, Wead becomes estranged from his wife Minnie (Maureen O'Hara) after the death of their baby. Drinking heavily, Wead tumbles down the stairs of his home, and as a result he is apparently paralyzed for life. With the help of happy-go-lucky Navy mechanic Carson (Dan Dailey), Wead is able to regain minimal use of his legs, but it seems clear that his Naval career is over. Fortunately, he manages to find work as a prolific Hollywood screenwriter, and after the attack of Pearl Harbor he is called back to active duty to oversee the construction of "jeep carriers." Not one of John Ford's more coherent films--in fact, it's downright sloppy at times--The Wings of Eagles nonetheless contains several highlights, not least of which are the "I'm gonna move that toe" scene with John Wayne and Dan Dailey, and Ward Bond's inside-joke performance as irreverent film director "John Dodge."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
UPC:
0012569798632
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
11,465

Special Features

Theatrical trialer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Frank W. "Spig" Wead
Dan Dailey "Jughead" Carson
Maureen O'Hara Minnie 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 Rumann Party Manager
Henry O'Neill Capt. Spear
Willis B. Bouchey Barton
Dorothy Jordan Rose Brentmann
Veda Ann Borg Actor
Cliff Lyons Actor
May McAvoy Nurse
Janet Lake Nurse
Tige Andrews "Arizona" Pincus
Olive Carey Bridy O'Faolain
James Flavin Military Policeman at garden party
Mimi Gibson Lila Wead
Fred Graham Officer in brawl
Sam Harris Patient
William Henry Naval aide
Louis Jean Heydt Dr. John Keye
Stuart Holmes Producer
Mae Marsh Nurse Crumley
Alberto Morin 2nd Manager
Peter Ortiz Lt. Charles Dexter
Jack Pennick Joe McGuffey
Chuck Roberson Officer
Evelyn Rudie Doris Wead
William Tracy Air Force Officer
Charles Trowbridge Adm. Crown
Harlan Warde Executive Officer
Danny Borzage Pete

Technical Credits
John Ford Director
Jeff Alexander Score Composer
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Frank Fenton Screenwriter
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
William Wister Haines Screenwriter
William Horning Art Director
Paul Mantz Consultant/advisor,Stunts
James Newcom Associate Producer
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Ruggiero Editor
Charles Schnee Producer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wings of Eagles
1. Credits Dedication [2:09]
2. Army for a Ride [3:39]
3. Flying Low [3:22]
4. Party Crasher [3:15]
5. Family Tragedy [5:00]
6. Separate Ways [3:38]
7. Disconnected [2:22]
8. Army/Navy Battle [5:22]
9. Not Taking Off [3:13]
10. Schneider Cup Shenanigans [4:00]
11. Daddy's Girls [3:26]
12. Two Fools Reconcile [3:52]
13. Spig's Accident [3:37]
14. Take Your Turn [5:37]
15. Alcohol Therapy [6:50]
16. Rehabilitation [5:22]
17. First Steps [5:09]
18. First Sale [3:03]
19. Frank Dodge [3:38]
20. Successful Scribe [3:03]
21. Nowhere If Not Together [5:59]
22. War [4:26]
23. Keyword Jeep [5:45]
24. Carrier Action [5:23]
25. Line of Fire [2:30]
26. Forced Retirement [2:51]
27. Over the Side [3:28]

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