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Wings ★★½ 1927

The silent classic about friends, Rogers and Arlen, their adventures in the Air Corps during WWI, and their rivalry for the hand of a woman. Contains actual footage of combat flying from the Great War. Won the very first Best Picture Oscar. Toothin plot hangs on (barely) to the stirring, intrepid dogfight scenes. 139m/B VHS, DVD . Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen, Gary Cooper, Jobyna Ralston, El Brendel, Richard Tucker, Henry B. Walthall, Roscoe Karns, Gunboat Smith, Julia Swayne Gordon, Arlette Marchal, Carl von Haartman, William A. Wellman; D: William A. Wellman; W: Hope Loring, John Monk Saunders, Louis D. Lighton; C: Harry Perry; M: J.S. Zamecnik. Oscars ‘28: Picture, Natl. Film Reg. ‘97.


views updated May 14 2018

wings In biology, specialized organs for flight that are possessed by most birds, many insects, and certain mammals and reptiles. The forelimbs of a bird developed into such structures. Bats have membranous tissue supported by the digits (‘fingers’) of the forelimbs. Insects may have one or two pairs of veined or membranous wings.


views updated May 29 2018

Wings (wɪŋz) Finance warrants in negotiable government securities