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Wing and a Prayer (1944)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 11 January 1945 (Argentina)
In WW2, an American aircraft carrier sails around the Pacific on a decoy mission until it joins the battle of Midway against the Japanese forces.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Jerome Cady (story), Jerome Cady (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Ameche ... Flight Cmdr. Bingo Harper
Dana Andrews ... Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton
William Eythe ... Ens. Hallam 'Oscar' Scott
Charles Bickford ... Capt. Waddell
Cedric Hardwicke ... Admiral (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Kevin O'Shea Kevin O'Shea ... Ens. Charles 'Cookie' Cunningham
Richard Jaeckel ... Beezy Bessemer
Harry Morgan ... Ens. Malcolm Brainard (as Henry Morgan)
Richard Crane ... Ens. Gus Chisholm
Glenn Langan ... Executive Officer
Renny McEvoy ... Ens. Cliff Hale
Robert Bailey ... Ens. Paducah Holloway
Reed Hadley ... Cmdr. O'Donnell
George Mathews ... Dooley
B.S. Pully B.S. Pully ... Flat Top
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Storyline

An aircraft carrier is sent on a decoy mission around the Pacific, with orders to avoid combat, thus lulling Japanese alertness before the battle of Midway. All the men have their individual worries and concerns, but become increasingly frustrated at their avoidance of combat, for reasons unknown to them. But in the end, all get their chance to fight. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

MIGHTY DRAMA OF AIRCRAFT CARRIER X (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1945 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Wing and a Prayer: The Story of Carrier X See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,250,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Another contributor stated that some scenes were filmed aboard USS Yorktown. In 1944 this would have been USS Yorktown (CV-10). Originally scheduled to be named Bon Homme Richard. After the sinking of CV-5 at the Battle of Midway, the name was changed to Yorktown to commemorate the ship and men who went down with her. USS Yorktown is now a museum at Charleston, SC. (The name Bon Homme Richard, aka Bonnie Dick, later went to CV-31.) See more »

Goofs

An SB2C Helldiver (which was actually a post-Midway era aircraft) coded B-31 is shown preparing for launch, but when it goes into the water ahead of the carrier in a failed take-off it is B-27. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton: Moulton to Squadron. Remember when you think you're in close, go in closer before you drop that fish.
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Connections

Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung on deck at night by the crew
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Where is our Navy?
17 August 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

Three months after the greatest disaster in the american history with the surprise military strike of Pear Harbor by the imperial Japanese navy air service, December the 7th, 1941, the American HQ set up a desperate strategy based on a simulation of disarray within the American navy so that the Japanese confidence goes up artificially and incites them not to deviate from their supposed plan of campaign: to take ownership of Pearl Harbor, this objective implying beforehand a passage through Midway where the American navy is firmly waiting for the Japanese navy.

The film focuses on an aircraft carrier unexpectedly playing the role of a bait and we witness the daily life of these airmen forced to behave cowardly every time they meet a Japanese zero. The atmosphere is typical of old war movies: ultra-patriotic, childish and cheesy, pretty close to a propaganda film, in a certain manner. We globally remember the team spirit, the heroism of the airmen, the dignity of the entire crew and the excellent cinematography given the technical means of the time.


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