Wings Overview:

Wings (1927) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by William A. Wellman and produced by Lucien Hubbard and B.P. Schulberg.

SYNOPSIS

This is the winner of the first Best Picture Oscar and the story of its production is by now well-known Hollywood lore, but as pure cinematic excitement, it still leaps off the screen. Directed by 28-year-old "Wild Bill" Wellman (a former flier with the Lafayette Escadrille) who marshaled the resources of the War Department to create what remains among the most thrilling aerial sequences on film. The story follows two friends as they prepare to become fliers in WWI. Rogers and Arlen leave for camp where they meet a young veteran (Cooper, in his breakthrough role), whose death doesn't quench their thirst for action. Their pal Bow follows the two to France as a Red Cross nurse so she can keep her eye on Rogers. After engaging in aerial combat, Arlen's plane is shot down over German lines. Thinking his friend is dead, Rogers rushes to his plane to wreak revenge. Meanwhile, Arlen has commandeered a German triplane and heads toward base, leading to a fateful confrontation. Wellman planted cameras in real planes so none of the action is faked; some of the fliers went on to illustrious Air Force careers. A stirring, emotional film and one of the silent greats.

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Wings was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1997.

Academy Awards 1927/28 --- Ceremony Number 1 (source: AMPAS)

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BlogHub Articles:

Watching 1939: The Lion Has Wings (1939)

on Nov 14, 2019 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article


Only Angels Have Wings (1939): Hawks’ Greatest Adventure Movie

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 6, 2019 From 4 Star Films

Howard Hawks always had a knack for creating worlds and subsequently building camaraderie between his characters simply by stringing scenes together one after the other. Only Angels Have Wings?sets?up a?premise — revolving around?a South American outpost —?then?settles in on two flyers. ... Read full article


Watching 1939: Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

on Jul 4, 2019 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article


Wings of Mystery ( 1963 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Apr 12, 2019 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

The Children's Film Foundation made a number of good little mysteries in the 1960s, one of which was Wings of Mystery, released in 1963. This British film tells the story of a brother and sister ( Hennie Scott and a young Judy Geeson ) who try to help their brother Ted ( Richard Carpenter ) when he ... Read full article


Only Angels Have Wings (1939, Howard Hawks)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Oct 17, 2018 From The Stop Button

The first forty-five minutes of Only Angels Have Wings is mostly continual present action. Jean Arthur arrives in a South American port town, looking around?followed by two possible ne?er-do-wells (Allyn Joslyn and Noah Beery Jr.)?and the film tracks her experience. Great direction from Hawks, beaut... Read full article


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Quotes from

Mary Preston: D'you know what you can do when you see a shooting star?
John "Jack" Powell: No, what?
Mary Preston: You can kiss the girl you love.


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Facts about

In contrast to co-star Richard Arlen, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers did not know how to fly a plane when production began, but he learned how to do so by the end of it. In the close-up scenes where Jack and David (and other characters) are flying, the actors are actually working the planes themselves. To shoot these scenes, the actors had to get the plane up in the air, keep it up, turn on the (motorized) camera and land the plane-and act at the same time.
The only movie to win an Academy Award for Engineering Effects.
Chocolate syrup was used as blood in the movie.
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Best Picture Oscar 1927/28




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Released 1927
Inducted 1997
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