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.
The Wings of Eagles
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Frank Fenton, William Wister Haines|