Wing and a Prayer

Synopsis: An aircraft carrier is sent on a decoy mission around the Pacific, with orders to avoid combat, thus lulling Japanese alertness before the battle of Midway. All the men have their individual worries and concerns, but become increasingly frustrated at their avoidance of combat, for reasons unknown to them. But in the end, all get their chance to fight.
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Director(s): Henry Hathaway
Production: Twentieth Century Fox
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

I've a message for you.

Hey, what's eating Oscar?

Sure making

a long approach.

He's building up

an entrance.

Just feel your way

in, sir. Lightly.

And politely.

Do we have

to shoot him down?

What does he want,

a spotlight?

He's coming in too fast.

Can't he see

that wave-off?

[Siren Sounds]

Assemble your squadron

in the ready room.

Aye, aye, sir.

Boy, I thought

for a while there...

until 1900...

I thought I'd have

to turn back.

Maybe you should have.

Didn't you see

the wave-off?

Yes, sir.

Did you think the flagman

was waving bye-bye?

To tell you the truth,

I couldn't think.

I had my hands

too full of airplane

at the time.



Oh, men, this is our air offcer

Commander Harper.

Commander Harper,

this is Mr. Brainard,

Mr. Chisholm.

Mr. Markham.

How do you do?

Mr. Jacobson.

How do you do?

Mr. White.


Mr. Holloway.

Mr. Scott.

How do you do?

I'm glad to know you

and welcome you aboard.

- Thank you.

- Thank you, sir.

You've been assigned

to quarters

which I hope you fnd

to your liking.

We have some pretty

good men on board.

I've been very proud of

all of our squadrons...


bombers, and fghters.

I hope

you equal their record.

Read that, please,

Mr. Molton.


"Memorandum for commander,

Air Group Five.


Report of casualty

which occurred

during maneuvers,

September 19, 1941.

Roy K. Spangler,

number 4328112,

aviation machinist's mate,

frst class,

United States Navy,

died at 1600

while under anesthesia

for surgery following

accident on flight deck.

Spangler's next of kin,

his mother

Mrs. Edward R. Spangler,

3617 Lee Avenue,

Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Signed J.B. Golden, commander,

senior medical offcer."

A hot pilot

ignored a wave-off.

Spangler couldn't

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Jerome Cady

Jerome Cady (August 15, 1903 – November 7, 1948) was a Hollywood screenwriter. What promised to be a lucrative and successful career as a film writer - graduating up from Charlie Chan movies in the late 1930s to such well respected war films as Guadalcanal Diary (1943), a successful adaptation of Forever Amber (1947) and the police procedural Call Northside 777 (1948) - came to an abrupt end when he died of a sleeping pill overdose onboard his yacht off Catalina Island in 1948. At the time of his death, he was doing a treatment for a documentary on the Northwest Mounted Police. There was a Masonic funeral service for him. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Wing and a Prayer in 1944. A native of West Virginia, Cady started as a newspaper copy boy. He was later a reporter with the Los Angeles Record, before joining the continuity staff of KECA-KFI, Los Angeles in June 1932. He spent time in New York in the 1930s with Fletcher & Ellis Inc. as its director of radio, returning to Los Angeles in 1936. He joined 20th Century Fox in 1940, having previously been employed at RKO between radio jobs.. more…

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