Wings

Wings

Wings

Clara Bow (It) and Charles 'Buddy' Rogers (My Best Girl) star in this silent war classic which received the inaugural Academy Award for Best Picture.

Two young men - one rich, one middle class, and both in love with the same woman (Jobyna Ralston) - become US Air Corps fighter pilots and, eventually, heroic flying aces during World War I. Devoted best friends, their mutual love of the girl eventually threatens their bond. Meanwhile, a hometown girl (Bow) who's the love-struck lifelong next-door neighbour of one of them, pines away.

Winner of Best Picture and Best Effects, 1927 Academy Awards
1927Rating: PG, Low level violence144 minsUSA
ActionDramaRomanceWarClassic
Director:
William A. Wellman ('A Star is Born', 'The Ox-Bow Incident', 'The Public Enemy')Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast ('Laughter', 'Topaze', 'The Magnificent Flirt')
Writer:
Hope LoringLouis D. Lighton
Cast:
Clara BowCharles 'Buddy' RogersRichard ArlenGary CooperEl BrendelJobyna RalstonRoscoe KarnsRichard Tucker

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Variety

Variety

There not being so much of Clara Bow in the picture, she gives an all around corking performance.

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Time Out

Time Out

Long touted as a classic by cinema historians, and justifying almost every adjectival extravagance.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

This feature gives one an unforgettable idea of the existence of these daring fighters.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

A good hand, played well. Given the likelihood of The Artist's forthcoming Oscar ascendancy, Paramount knew what they had, what to do with it, and when to do it.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Clara Bow is mesmerising in this ahead-of-its-time air force drama.

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Collider

Collider

Wings is an amazing production, and it is easy to see why the film won the inaugural Best Picture (the only silent film to win the award).

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