The Wings of Eagles
name = The Wings of Eagles
caption = 1957 movie poster
writer = screenplay
Frank Fenton William Wister Haines
based on the book by
John Wayne Dan Dailey Maureen O'Hara Ward Bond Ken Curtis
February 22, 1957
runtime = 110 min.
language = English
amg_id = 1:54799
imdb_id = 0051198
John Wayneplays naval aviator-turned-screenwriter Wead who wrote the story or screenplay for such films as " Hell Divers", " Ceiling Zero", and " They Were Expendable".
World War Iis over, "Spig", along with John Dale Price ( Ken Curtislater of " Gunsmoke" fame) tries to prove to the Navy the value of seaplanes in combat. To do this he pushes the Navy to compete in racing and endurance competitions. Many are against the US Army aviation team led by Captain Herbert Allen Hazard (based on Jimmy Doolittle- played by Kenneth Tobey).
Wead spends most of his time either flying or horsing around with his team mates, meaning that his wife Minnie, or "Min" (
Maureen O'Hara), and children are ignored. The night he is promoted to fighter squadron commander, he falls down a flight of stairs at home, breaks his neck and is paralyzed. When "Min" tries to console him he rejects her and the family. He will only let his Navy mates like "Jughead" Carson ( Dan Dailey) and Price near him. "Jughead" visits the hospital almost daily to encourage Frank's rehabilitation. Carson also pushes "Spig" to get over his depression, try to walk, and start writing. Being paralyzed and not going anywhere, he has all the time he needs to write.
Director Ford tries to show Wayne as the vulnerable American hero as he did several times in other movies like "
The Quiet Man", " The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", "Rio Grande", and more. Ford wanted the hero to be extremely tough but at the same time have a quiet sensitivity under the surface.
Look for Ford, and a little shelf-humor on his part, in the character of John Dodge played by another Ford favorite,
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