Wings of the Navy (1939)

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Jerry and Cass have always been competitive. Now that Cass is a well respected Naval aviator like his father, Jerry leaves the submarine service to become a flying cadet with Class 61 at ... See full summary »

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  • Olivia de Havilland and John Payne in Wings of the Navy (1939)
  • Olivia de Havilland in Wings of the Navy (1939)
  • John Payne in Wings of the Navy (1939)
  • Olivia de Havilland and John Payne in Wings of the Navy (1939)
  • Olivia de Havilland and George Brent in Wings of the Navy (1939)
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26 September 2002 | Doylenf
Aviation drama is formula film with good training exercises...
While the training exercises are realistic enough in WINGS OF THE NAVY, filmed on location at actual training grounds in Pensacola and San Diego, its story is strictly formula stuff with a love triangle between two brothers (George Brent, John Payne) in love with the same girl (Olivia de Havilland) holding the action sequences together.

This is almost like a B&W version of PEARL HARBOR--but lacking the punch of the PEARL HARBOR war scenes. It's a dated aviation drama, with a love story against the background of preparations for war. However, none of the characters have any real depth and there's the usual clumsy comedy attempts of Frank McHugh which become irritating after awhile.

The chief players are pleasant enough and it's interesting to see how the sea planes operated in San Diego--but the script is strictly off the Warner assembly line. Olivia de Havilland is pretty as a picture as the heroine but given little to do while Brent and Payne share most of the spotlight. The training scenes give us an interesting look at the air force equipment of 1939--and I'm sure it encouraged many young men to enlist two years before World War II broke out.

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