Wings of the Navy (Region 1 DVD)

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Biplanes flying in formation past the Washington Monument. A flotilla of seaplanes rising majestically off the surface of the Atlantic. Flyboys loop-de-looping their crafts through the wild blue yonder. A power dive that goes terrifyingly wrong. Wings of the Navy's story concerns two pilot brothers (George Brent and john Payne) who fall for the same girl (Olivia de Havilland, in the first of five films she would appear in during 1939, including Gone with the Wind), but the film is most memorable for it's thrilling, you-are-there scenes of aerial glory. With war clouds gathering in Europe, many Americans looked anxiously to their own nation's military readiness. For all the world to witness that America will not be unprepared! declared the films advertising - and backed it up with bravura footage shot at Pensacola Naval Station in Florida and North Island Naval Station at Coronado, California.

Product Details

Barcode
888574078119
Department
Movies & TV
Released
30 Sep 2014
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Sub-genre
Classic
Region
Region 1
Studio
Warner Archives
Age Restriction
NR
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Wings of the Navy
Release Year
1939
Running Time
88 min
Language
English
Categories
Action/Adventure / Brothers / Competitions / Flying / Love / Love Triangle / Military / Pilots / Rivalry / Romance / Romances / Submarines / Training / Trains / War
Synopsis
Filmed on-location at the Naval Air Training Stations in San Diego, CA, and Pensacola, FL, this black-and-white Warner Bros. drama was dedicated to the U.S. Naval Aviation Service and probably served as propaganda when it was released in 1939, right before the U.S. involvement in WWII. Submarine officer Jerry Harrington (John Payne) goes to Pensacola to train as a flying cadet, just like his father and his brother, longtime airman Cass Harrington (George Brent). Jerry ends up falling for his brother's girlfriend, Irene Dale (Olivia deHavilland), which only increases the competition between the two brothers. After Cass gets injured, Jerry becomes a pilot in San Diego and Irene must choose which man she wants. Also starring Frank McHugh.
Release Notes
DVD Features:
  • Region [unknown]
Cast & Crew
Director
Lloyd Bacon
Star
George Brent / Olivia de Havilland / John Litel / Frank McHugh / John Payne
Co-Star
Donald Briggs / Morgan Conway / Joseph Crehan / William B. Davidson / Alan Davis / Don Douglas / Edgar Edwards / John Gallaudet / Jack Gardner / Mary Gordon / Jonathan Hale / Howard Hickman / Max Hoffman / Selmer Jackson / Victor Jory / Edward Keane / Walter Miller / Carlyle Moore / Alberto Morin / Henry O'Neill / Eddie Parker / Lee Phelps / Renie Riano / John Ridgely / Regis Toomey / Emmett Vogan / Max Wagner / Pierre Watkin / Larry Williams
Screenwriter
Michael Fessier
Special Effects
H. F. Koenekamp
Director of Photography
Elmer Dyer / Arthur Edeson
Sound
Francis J. Scheid
Music Director
Leo F. Forbstein
Song Composer
Johnny Mercer / Harry Warren