I Wanted Wings
|I Wanted Wings|
|Directed by||Mitchell Leisen|
|Produced by||Arthur Hornblow Jr.|
|Written by||Eleanore Griffin story
Sig Herzig writer
Beirne Lay, Jr. book, screenplay
Richard Maibaum writer
Frank Wead story
|Music by||Victor Young|
|Editing by||Hugh Bennett|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||135 minutes|
I Wanted Wings is a 1941 American drama film directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Ray Milland and William Holden. It also stars Wayne Morris, Brian Donlevy, Constance Moore and Veronica Lake. Production began in the summer of 1940 at Randolph Field near San Antonio, Texas. The United States Army Air Corps provided 1160 airplanes, 1050 cadets, 450 officers and instructors and 2543 enlisted men for the film. The premiere was held at Randolph Field.
The film is notable for containing Veronica Lake's first major film role. It is frequently said that she stole every scene she was in and her career took off shortly after. The same year, she was put into leading roles starting with her part in Sullivan's Travels. Lake would become one of the most popular and successful actresses of the early 1940s.
Story follows the training and personal lives of three recruits in the Army Air Corps - a wealthy playboy, a college jock and an auto mechanic. Love interest is supplied by a female photographer (based loosely on Margaret Bourke-White) and a sultry blonde.
- Ray Milland as Jeff Young
- William Holden as Al Ludlow
- Wayne Morris as Tom Cassidy
- Brian Donlevy as Capt. Mercer
- Constance Moore as Carolyn Bartlett
- Veronica Lake as Sally Vaughn
- Harry Davenport as 'Sandbags' Riley
This was the film where during rehearsal Veronica Lake's hair fell over her eye, leading to the famous hairstyle that helped make her a star.
- Thompson, Frank. Texas Hollywood: Filmmaking in San Antonio Since 1910. San Antonio: Maverick Publishing Company, 2002. pp 36.
- Veronica Lake, Ex-Actress, Dies By Martin Weil Washington Post Staff Writer. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973) [Washington, D.C] 08 July 1973: C8.
- "The 14th Academy Awards (1942) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
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