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Winged Victory

This is no story of any specific segment of Americana; it is, rather, the tale of Main Street and Broadway, of Texas and Brooklyn, of Christian and Jew - of American youth fighting for the preservation of American ideals. This is a documentation of American youth learning to fly for victory - a winged victory - and though it's fashioned in the manner of fictional entertainment, all the boys listed are bona fide members of the AAF - acting real-life roles.

With:
Mark Daniels Lon McCallister Don Taylor Red Buttons Edmond O'Brien Jeanne Crain

This is no story of any specific segment of Americana; it is, rather, the tale of Main Street and Broadway, of Texas and Brooklyn, of Christian and Jew – of American youth fighting for the preservation of American ideals. This is a documentation of American youth learning to fly for victory – a winged victory – and though it’s fashioned in the manner of fictional entertainment, all the boys listed are bona fide members of the AAF – acting real-life roles.

The story of six boys from diverse parts of America, and how they leave behind wives and sweethearts and mothers to join the AAF, Victory is an honest understanding of American youth with the insatiable urge to ride the clouds.

The narrative follows them through basic training, the rigorous aptitude tests, and then the news on whether they had passed or were washed out. The solo flights – from which one of the sextet fails to return – and, ultimately, graduation day, followed by their assignments as either pilots, navigators or bombardiers, are all significantly told.

Winged Victory

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director George Cukor; Producer Darryl F. Zanuck; Screenplay Moss Hart; Camera Glen MacWilliams; Editor Barbara McLean; Music David Rose; Art Director Lyle R. Wheeler, Lewis Creber

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1944. Running time: 130 MIN.

With: Mark Daniels Lon McCallister Don Taylor Red Buttons Edmond O'Brien Jeanne Crain

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