The Wings of Eagles

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 ...
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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."
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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • UPC: 012569798632
  • Original Release: 1957
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged / Subtitled / Special Packaging
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,641

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
Tige Andrews "Arizona" Pincus
Veda Ann Borg
Danny Borzage Pete
Olive Carey Bridy O'Faolain
James Flavin Military Policeman at garden party
Mimi Gibson Lila Wead
Fred Graham Officer in brawl
Major Sam Harris Patient
William Henry Naval aide
Louis Jean Heydt Dr. John Keye
Stuart Holmes Producer
Janet Lake Nurse
Cliff Lyons
Mae Marsh Nurse Crumley
May McAvoy Nurse
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
Technical Credits
John Ford Director
Jeff Alexander Score Composer
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Frank Fenton Screenwriter
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
Frank Wead Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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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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Disc #1 -- Wings of Eagles
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      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
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