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Wing and a Prayer

Wing and a Prayer(1944)

Also Known As: Queen of the Flat Tops | Torpedo Squadron Eight |

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Brief Synopsis

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.

Cast & Crew

Henry Hathaway Director
Don Ameche Cmdr. "Bingo" Harper
Dana Andrews Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton
William Eythe Ensign Hallam "Oscar" Scott
Charles Bickford Capt. Waddell
Kevin O'Shea Ensign Charles "Cookie" Cunningham
Richard Jaeckel "Beezy" Bessemer
Henry Morgan Ensign Malcolm Brainard
Richard Crane Ensign Gus Chisholm
Glenn Langan Executive officer
Renny McEvoy Ensign Cliff Hale
Robert Bailey Ensign Paducah Holloway

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  World premiere in Providence, RI: 28 Jul 1944; Los Angeles opening: 3 Aug 1944; New York opening: 30 Aug 1944
Release Date:  1944 Production Date:  AFI
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Duration(mins):  96-98 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  9,223    
Duration(reels):  11    

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  • TCM calibre

    Edward Atkins 2015-04-30

    As a flight deck crewman on an Essex-class carrier (CV-36) Aug 1944-Apr 1946 I was mist appreciative of the footage of a real commissioned carrier, both... MORE>

  • forgotten

    don egan 2013-11-11

    Ive seen this movie many times my views have changed buy still a good movie MORE>

  • Well done; Don Ameche

    John Aronson 2010-10-13

    The film has very good production values, some good moments and a lot of hokey moments. But this is a salute to Don Ameche. Watching the film today, 56... MORE>