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The Wings of Eagles (1957) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by John Ford and produced by Charles Schnee and James E. Newcom.


This rarely screened Ford drama is among his most deeply felt, personal pictures. Frank "Spig" Wead (Wayne) was a screenwriter (Dirigible, Ceiling Zero, They Were Expendable) and one of the fathers of naval aviation. A man of action obsessed with his naval career, he was less successful sustaining a family life, eventually alienating wife O'Hara and unable to reach her even as their child dies. Features a dead-on impersonation of Ford himself by stock company player Bond.

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By Michael on Dec 7, 2015 From Le Mot du Cinephiliaque

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Min Wead: I'm not going
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: Stay broke and keep moving that the story of our lives.
Min Wead: Spig you got two daughters and they lived in seven different houses and seven seven states and seven different years back and forth across the country and out of it too. Well, I'm just not going to move them anymore.
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: Well, Have a Drink

Min Wead: [Phones rings while their cuddling] Let it ring
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: Why not, It probably just Washington, oh I forgot, you know you're in the arms of the new sergeant commander in the United States Navy.
Min Wead: Star Spangled Spad
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: And a squad leader
Min Wead: All I know is I'm in the arms with a fellow name spig that I'm nuts about. Hey! How about getting back to your necking with a little more enthusiasm.
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: Right!

Min Wead: Why don't you!
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: Alright, I been thinking what a heel I been about you and my own kids, I do something I go all the way, living, gambling, flying, tap myself out I guess that what I wanted to be. Maybe way I am.
Min Wead: Star spangled Spad damn the marguritte and full speed ahead and don't give up the ship.
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: Have a drink, Listen Min I'm trying to say I been a fool, first grade gold brand
Min Wead: So Have I!
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead: [Grabs her] Okay, Let change it, lets grow up before our kids do
Min Wead: We better hurry up.
[They kiss passionate]

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Facts about

The character of John Dodge was a fictional version of John Ford. Many of the props in Dodge's office - the Oscars, the pipe, the hollow cane - were borrowed from Ford.
Most of the extras in the Pensacola Florida scenes were actual Navy flight students and flight instructors. Although the Navy objected, director John Ford made certain that the military men were paid "extra" wages.
This is the third time John Wayne worked with Maureen O'Hara
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