A Wing and a Prayer

A Wing and a Prayer

Director: Henry Hathaway Cast: Don Ameche, Dana Andrews, William Eythe
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Overview

A Wing and a Prayer

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1944, this tough as leather WWII actioner is notable for Don Ameche's strong performance, as well as its skillful use of real combat footage. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's disc presents this gripping film in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (full frame), but it also gives the viewer the option to watch the film with its original English mono soundtrack or a newly remastered stereo track, for those who dig change. Both tracks are fine, though the stereo track does make a difference during the dogfight scenes. Both tracks are fine, though. The black-and-white picture is stable throughout and has been given a nice overhaul. The disc also includes the film's original theatrical trailer, as well as trailers for other Fox entries in its "War Classics" series. A French mono soundtrack is also available and English and Spanish subtitles have also been provided. A solid disc overall.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2002
UPC: 0024543025375
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:38:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Full frame [aspect ratio 1.33:1]; Audio: English stereo, English mono, French mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Ameche Flight Cmdr. Bingo Harper
Dana Andrews Sqdn. Cmdr. Edward Moulton
William Eythe Hallam 'Oscar' Scott
Charles Bickford Capt. Waddell
Cedric Hardwicke Admiral
Kevin O'Shea Cookie Cunningham
Richard Jaeckel Beezy Bessemer
Henry Morgan Malcolm Brainard
Richard Crane Ensign Gus Chisholm
Glenn Langan Executive Officer
Reed Hadley Cmdr. O'Donnell
Eddie Acuff Actor
Stanley Andrews Marine General
Irving Bacon Sailor
Chet Brandenburg Actor
Jimmie Dodd Actor
Blake Edwards Actor
Joe Haworth Murphy
Selmar Jackson Actor
John Kellogg Assistant Air Officer
John Kelly Lew
Mike Kilian Pilot
Billy Lechner Anti-Aircraft Gunner
William Manning Actor
Frank Marlowe Actor
Matt McHugh Actor
Frank McLure Admiral
Jack Mower Actor
B.S. Pully Flat Top
Terrance Ray Actor
Raymond Roe Gunner
Robin Short Actor
Charles B. Smith Alfalfa
Ray Teal Exec. Officer
Larry Thompson Sam Cooper
Charles Trowbridge Medical Officer
Edward Van Sloan Actor
Jay Ward Orderly
Pierre Watkin Actor
Crane Whitley Actor
Frederic Worlock Actor
Jerry Shane Foley
Carl Knowles Marine Orderly
Mel Schubert Actor
Renny McEvoy Ensign Cliff Hale
Robert Bailey Ens. Paducah Holloway
George Mathews Dooley
Dave Willock Ens. Hans Jacobson
Murray Alper Benny O'Neill
George Chandler Actor
Charles Lang Ens. Chuck White
John Miles Ens. "Lovebug" Markham

Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
William A. Bacher Producer
Alfred Bruzlin Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Cady Screenwriter
Lewis H. Creber Art Director
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Glen MacWilliams Cinematographer
Walter Morosco Producer
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Guy Pearce Makeup
Fred Sersen Special Effects
J. Watson Webb Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [1:36]
2. Where Is Our Navy? [3:23]
3. Torpedo Squadron Five [4:58]
4. Oscar's Big Entrance [2:41]
5. A Hot Pilot [:37]
6. Cookies Citation [2:29]
7. To Kiss Betty Grable [1:16]
8. Too Old and Too Young [3:56]
9. The Orders [2:51]
10. Do Not Engage [3:35]
11. Oscar's Fan Mail [:14]
12. Bombing Practice [4:23]
13. In Trouble Again [3:11]
14. Movie Night [3:47]
15. Battle Stations [:40]
16. Cookie Crumbles [2:00]
17. Grounded [3:21]
18. Zeroes at Five O'Clock [6:11]
19. The Interrogation [:51]
20. Goodbye, Gus [2:41]
21. A Tense Journey [1:37]
22. We're Through Running [2:39]
23. Ready for Battle [2:50]
24. The Squadrons Attack [1:21]
25. The Sounds of War [:20]
26. Enemies in the Air [2:32]
27. Cookie's Second Chance [1:27]
28. One Straggler [2:53]
29. Casualty Lists [5:53]
30. Orders for Tomorrow [2:38]

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A Wing and a Prayer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mikemikegigi More than 1 year ago
The first movie to have the battle of Midway as their focal point,Wings and a Prayer delivers action and alot of it.I thought it was foolish that the navy sent out 1 carrier to make the Japanese fleet think we were scattered all over the Pacific and not to engage her if we met the japanese on the seas or in the air.The final battle at the end was excellent,especially the dive bombers rolling in on their targets and hitting on of the flat -tops.