~Wings~
1927
~Cast~

Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ...  Jack Powell
Richard Arlen ...  David Armstrong
Jobyna Ralston ...  Sylvia Lewis
El Brendel ...  Herman Schwimpf
Richard Tucker ...  Air Commander
Gary Cooper ...  Cadet White
Gunboat Smith ...  The Sergeant
Henry B. Walthall ...  David's Father
Roscoe Karns ...  Lieutenant Cameron
Julia Swayne Gordon ...  David's Mother
Arlette Marchal ...  Celeste
Charles Barton ...  Soldier Flirting with Mary (uncredited)
Thomas Carrigan ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Thomas Carr ...  Aviator (uncredited)
Margery Chapin ...  Peasant Woman (uncredited)
Andy Clark ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Nigel De Brulier ...  Peasant (uncredited)
Hal George ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Dick Grace ...  Aviator (uncredited)
William Hickey ...  Charlton Blanchard (uncredited)
Hedda Hopper ...  Mrs. Powell (uncredited)
George Irving ...  Mr. Powell (uncredited)
Robert Livingston ...  Recruit in Examination Office (uncredited)
James Pierce ...  Army MP (uncredited)
Rod Rogers ...  Aviator (uncredited)
Frank Tomick ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Carl von Haartman ...  German Officer (uncredited)
Gloria Wellman ...  Peasant Child (uncredited)
William A. Wellman ...  Doughboy (uncredited)
Zalla Zarana ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Directed by:
William A. Wellman    
Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast   (uncredited)

Written by:
John Monk Saunders - story
Hope Loring - screenplay
Louis D. Lighton - screenplay
Julian Johnson - titles
Byron Morgan - story ideas (uncredited)
In 1917, in a small American town, Jack Powell tinkers on a car, while daydreaming about airplanes.
When the car is roadworthy, Jack names it "Shooting Star" and Mary Preston, the girl next door who
helped him, paints a star on the side of the vehicle. Oblivious to the infatuated Mary’s feelings for him,
Jack invites a more sophisticated city girl, Sylvia Lewis, to accompany him on the first drive. Sylvia
rides with Jack, but she is in love with David Armstrong, the son of the town’s wealthiest family. Later,
when the United States enters World War I, Jack and David enlist and apply to aviation school. Before
they leave, Sylvia signs a picture of herself and puts it in a locket for David, but when Jack sees it and
thinks it is meant for him, she does not have the heart to contradict him. David, who returns Sylvia’s
affection, is hurt, but she takes him aside and explains that, although Jack has her picture, David has
her heart. Jack almost forgets to say goodbye to Mary, but then runs back to shake her hand and give
her permission to use the car. While saying his farewells to his mother and wheelchair-bound father,
David finds a favorite old toy, a tiny bear, which he decides to take with him for good luck. During
basic training, an antagonism develops between Jack and David, which is finally resolved in boxing
class when they are paired off in a heated practice bout of boxing and become fast friends. After Jack
and David complete ground school, they are bunked with Cadet White, an affable and experienced
young flier. Upon seeing David’s bear, White comments that many fliers have mascots, although he
does not, as he believes, “when your time comes, you’re going to get it.” He then leaves for flight
practice during which he dies in a plane crash. Later, when Jack and David are sent to France, Jack
paints a star-shaped logo on his plane like the one on his car. During their first patrol, the fliers
encounter Capt. Kellermann, a famous German ace and leader of the “Flying Circus.” At 10,000 feet in
the air, a dogfight ensues, during which both German and Allied planes are lost. David’s machine gun
jams as he is singled out for an attack, but his opponent chivalrously spares his life. Jack becomes
separated from his formation and is attacked by two German Fokkers, forcing him to crash-land and
abandon his plane. He survives, and takes refuge with entrenched British ground soldiers. Corps of
America, is sent overseas to transport medical supplies. She is driving toward flu-stricken Mervale,
where billeted regiments crowd the little village, when a Gotha, the mightiest of German bomber
planes, attacks. Jack, David and their colleagues come to the rescue during an aerial battle, and shoot
down the Gotha and its two escort planes, thereby saving the village. As they fly away, someone points
out to Mary the shooting star on the side of one of the planes and Mary realizes that Jack had been
there. For their accomplishments, the pilots are decorated as heroes and given a furlough in Paris. To
escape the horrors of war, Jack carouses with a Folies Bergère performer. Mary, who is also in Paris,
finds Jack at the Folies too drunk to comprehend when all leave is cancelled in preparation for the
Allies' “big push” against the Germans. Mary tries to tell him about the change in his orders, but in his
inebriated state, Jack sees only her uniform and sends her away. While the "sugar, not vinegar,” then
takes her backstage. Later, provocatively attired in a show girl’s costume, Mary seduces Jack away
from his female companion and takes him to his hotel room, where he falls asleep on the bed before
she can get him sober. While she is changing back into her uniform, military police rounding up the
men walk in and conclude that she has been moonlighting as a prostitute. Jack is returned to his unit
with little memory of his night of revelry, and Mary is arrested and sent home in disgrace. Back at the
base, while waiting for orders, David has a premonition that he will not return home. Upon reading in
the newspaper that Mary has resigned from the corps, Jack expresses surprise that Mary would quit.
When fellow pilot Lt. Walter Cameron suggests that she was fired for sexual misconduct, Jack takes
offense and David watches as Jack hotly defends her reputation. Having received numerous love
letters from Sylvia, David hopes that Jack’s affection has turned to Mary until Jack shows him Sylvia’s
locket. Believing that Sylvia shares his feelings, Jack says that her picture is his good luck charm.
When the picture falls from the locket, David reads the inscription on the back dedicated to him,
which Jack has never seen. Unable to put it back without Jack seeing it, David is ready to fight his
friend for the photo, rather than let him be hurt by the truth, but they are interrupted by orders to
board their planes. They take off without resolving their quarrel and without their respective good
luck charms, as David’s bear has also fallen from his pocket. The pilots are sent to protect ground
troops who are under attack from German fliers. David hurls himself into danger to protect Jack from
attack and later crashes near the Mad River in German-occupied territory. After successfully evading
the Germans that night, near dawn Jack steals a Fokker from an airfield, hoping he can fly it back to
his base. Meanwhile, presuming that David is dead, Jack vows to avenge him. After daybreak, he and
his comrades fly out to assist the advancing Allied ground soldiers as the war is waged both in the air
and on the ground. When David flies to the scene, Jack spots his plane, but sees only the German
cross on the fusilage and does not recognize his friend. Although David tries to call out to Jack and
evade his single-minded assaults, Jack shoots down his plane, which crashes into a church. Feeling
victorious, Jack lands, but discovers to his great shame and grief that he has fatally wounded David,
who forgives him before dying. After the war, Jack is welcomed home as a hero with parades and
other festivities, but must carry out one more war-related task. Ashamed and grieving, he returns
David’s medal and little bear to the Armstrongs and receives forgiveness. Later, Mary comes to sit
with Jack near his car and they talk for hours. By evening, when they see a shooting star in the sky,
Jack realizes that he loves Mary.  

Plot Synopsis from afi.com
~Plot Synopsis~
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation

Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures

Associate Producer: B.P. Schulberg
Producer: Lucien Hubbard
Original Musical Score: J.S. Zamecnik
Cinematography by: Harry Perry
Film Editing by: E. Lloyd Sheldon
Editor-in-Chief: Lucien Hubbard
Art Direction by: Hans Dreier
Costume Design by: Travis Banton & Edith Head
Production Manager: Frank M. Blount
Production Supervisor: Lucien Hubbard
Assistant Director: Charles Barton
Assistant Director: James Ewens
Assistant Director: Richard Johnston
Assistant Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Assistant Director: E.K. Merritt
Property Master: Charles Barton
Construction of Camp Stanley: Paul B. Malone
Engineering Effects: Roy Pomeroy
Special Effects Assistant: Barney Wolff
Stunt Pilots: Frank Andrews, Pierce L. Butler, Frank Clarke, Hal George, Clarence Irvine, Denis
Kavanagh, Earle E. Partridge, E. H. Robinson, Rod Rogers, Sterling R. Stribling, Bill Taylor, Frank
Tomick & Hoyt Vandenberg
Aerial Stunts: Dick Grace
Additional Photographers: L.B. Abbott, E.F. Adams, Guy Bennett, Cliff Blackstone & Russell Harland,
Albert Myers, Gene O'Donnell, Paul Perry, William Rand, Herman Schopp, E. Burton Steene, George
Stevens, Sergeant Ward & Al Williams
Camera Operator: Bert Baldridge, William H. Clothier, Frank Cotner, Faxon M. Dean, Art Lane,
Ernest Laszlo, Harry Mason, Herbert Morris, Ray Olsen, Charles W. Riley, Harry Schapp & L. Guy
Wilky
Still Photographers: Otto Dyar & Eugene Richee
Assistant Camera: Cliff Shirpser
Aerial Camera Operator: Al Williams
Cutters: Carl Pierson & Mildred Richter
Presenters: Jesse L. Lasky & Adolph Zukor
Commander of Military Pilots: F.M. Andrews
Technical Consultant: Hap Arnold
Supervisor of Flying Sequences: S.C. Campbell
Technical Director of Flight Sequences: Sterling Campbell
Communications Supervisor: Walter Ellis
Supervisor of Flying Sequences: James A. Healy & Carl von Haartman
Supervisor of Ground Troop Maneuvers: A.M. Jones
Supervisor of Trench System Reproduction: E.P. Ketchum
Business Managers: Arthur Kocks, Norman Kohn & Rodger Manning
Commander of Military Pilots: F.P. Lahm
Ordnance Supervisor: Robert Mortimer
Double for Buddy Rogers (Parisian hotel scene): Edward Norris
Supervisor for flying sequences: Ted Parson
Airplane Preparation: Harry Reynolds & Bill Taylor

Length: 13 Reels
Runtime: 141 Minutes
Released: January 1927