The Wings of Eagles

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  • Drama
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Almost wholly incestuous, but about as impenetrable as a marshmallow for all that. Ford's biopic tribute to naval air ace Frank 'Spig' Wead is simultaneously a tip of the hat to the screenwriter of his earlier films Air Mail and They Were Expendable (Wead turned to cinema after an accident paralysed him), and it also includes Ward Bond's muted parody of Ford himself. There's a strange imbalance between knockabout comedy and reverential drama, but enough cherishable moments - like a post-operative Wayne going through actorly agonies to wiggle his toes again.

Release details

Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Ford
Screenwriter: Frank Fenton, William Wister Haines
Cast: John Wayne
Maureen O'Hara
Dan Dailey
Ward Bond
Ken Curtis
Edmund Lowe
Kenneth Tobey
Sig Ruman
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