Give Us Wings

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Give Us Wings
Give Us Wings FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Charles Lamont
Produced by Ken Goldsmith (associate producer)
Written by Arthur T. Horman (screenplay)
Robert Lee Johnson (screenplay)
Eliot Gibbons (story)
Starring Billy Halop
Huntz Hall
Gabriel Dell
Bernard Punsly
Bobby Jordan
Shemp Howard
Music by Charles Previn (musical director)
H.J. Salter (conductor)
Frank Skinner (composer: stock music)
Paul Van Loan (composer: stock music)
Cinematography John Boyle
Edited by Frank Gross
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • December 20, 1940 (1940-12-20)
Running time
62 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Give Us Wings (1940) is a Universal film starring the Dead End Kids and the Little Tough Guys.

Plot[edit]

The Dead End Kids work as airplane mechanics in the National Youth Administration Work Program plant. Feeling that they have enough knowledge of planes, they feel the urge to want to become pilots. The boys are hired by crop dusting operator Arnold Carter to become pilots. Upon being hired, York (Carter's manager) feels that the boys are far too inexperienced to fly, and assigns them to ground work. When Carter's company falls beind in their contracts, the Dead End Kids are forced to learn the ropes of flying. Eventually, York agrees that all of the boys are ready to become pilots, except for Rap. Rap, who becomes terrified of flying after witnessing a recent plane crash, still has the urge to become a pilot in order to be on the payroll with his friends. Carter convinces Rap to take part in a dangerous crop dusting job, which winds up killing him. York, mechanic friend Buzz, and the rest of the Dead End Kids go after Carter, eventually turning him over to the authorities. In the end, York agrees to permanently hire the boys.

Cast[edit]

The Dead End Kids[edit]

The Little Tough Guys[edit]

Additional cast[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Though his character is referred to as "Buzz" throughout the film, the credits for this film state that Shemp Howard's character name was "Whitey".

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