Men with Wings (1938)

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Plot #1 is the love triangle between two guys and one girl as they grow into adults and affiliate themselves in the new aircraft industry. Plot #2 is aircraft evolution from the days of Wilbur and Orville Wright to just prior to WWII.


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6 December 2017 | gsfsu
| Sappy Wooden Acting but Great Early Flying Scenes
This movie has two competing plots. One involves the relationship between two boys and one girl as they grow up and associate themselves with the new aircraft industry. The other involves the growth of the aircraft itself. The two plots fumble and fall over each other constantly with the love story getting the majority of the film.

The photography and flying scenes are really great for a movie of this age. The acting however leaves much to be desired. Both Fred MacMurray and Ray Milland are less than enthusiastic and the girl has some really poor lines and is less than convincing as a girl torn between two lovers.

Andy Devine provides some comic relief and is much thinner than seen in his subsequent Western sidekick roles.

In my opinion this movie tries telling too much story and doesn't connect the individual scenes adequately - and others are quite unbelievable (such as when the newspaper owner and editor pitch in to help complete an aircraft). Audiences of 1938 might have gone wild over the flying sequences but they don't wear well almost 80 years later. There have been several other movies that show WWI aircraft flying sequences much better (The Blue Max and Red Baron to name two).

Nevertheless, if you love this movie and would like a copy please email me (GSF1200S4U at yahoo dot com) and I will send you a copy.

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