Wings over Honolulu

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Wings over Honolulu
Directed by H. C. Potter
Produced by E.M. Asher
Screenplay by Isabel Dawn
Boyce DeGaw
Story by Mildred Cram
("Redbook Magazine")
Starring Wendy Barrie
Ray Milland
Kent Taylor
William Gargan
Polly Rowles
Cinematography Joseph A. Valentine
Edited by Maurice Wright
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • May 16, 1937 (1937-05-16) (United States)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Wings over Honolulu is a 1937 drama romance film directed by H. C. Potter and starring Wendy Barrie, Ray Milland, Kent Taylor, William Gargan and Polly Rowles.

The cinematographer Joseph A. Valentine earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on this military romance, with Wendy Barrie as a young woman who finds it difficult to adjust to the life of a Naval aviator's wife.


Lauralee Curtis is introduced to a Navy lieutenant, pilot Sam "Stony" Gilchrist, at her 20th-birthday party. It is love at first sight. Two days later, they are husband and wife.

Stony's next base will be in Honolulu, Hawaii, but at the last minute, he receives orders to drop everything and fly to Washington, D.C.. He kisses his new bride goodbye and she boards a ship to Honolulu by herself. On board, Lauralee encounters an admiral's daughter, Rosalind Furness, who treats her coldly. The admiral explains that everyone had assumed Rosalind would be the one to marry Stony.

By the time the ship reaches port, Rosalind has made it abundantly clear to Lauralee that she is standing by in case the marriage doesn't work out. Lauralee becomes lonely in Honolulu until she runs into an old friend, Greg, and begins socializing with him.

Complications ensue until Lauralee ultimately believes she must leave Stony because she is harmful to his career. When she and Greg are aboard a sailboat, Stony buzzes them in his plane and ends up in a military courtroom, his career at risk. Rosalind gloats that now Stony can be hers, but he goes after Lauralee and all ends well.


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