Wing and a Prayer (1944) - Rotten Tomatoes

Wing and a Prayer (1944)




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Former president Ronald Reagan may have genuinely believed that he was referring to a real-life act of selfless wartime bravery whenever repeating his "We'll bring this one down together" anecdote. In fact, he was merely quoting a scene from the above-average World War 2 drama A Wing and a Prayer. The setting is an American aircraft carrier, overseen by tough, unserving flight officer Don Ameche. When casualties begin piling up, the pilots blame Ameche, accusing him of being an indiscriminate butcher. Only when the tide of battle turns in favor of the Allies do the pilots realize that Ameche has been right all along. Director Henry Hathaway spent several weeks aboard an actual aircraft carrier, filming genuine combat scenes. Many of these authentic sequences appear as background footage in A Wing and a Prayer; sometimes the process work is convincing, sometimes it isn't, but please remember that this film was made long, long before the advent of computer technology. Dana Andrews, William Eythe, Richard Jaeckel, Harry Morgan (billed as 'Henry Morgan' here), Richard Crane, Glenn Langan, Reed Hadley and Bob Bailey are among the ready, willing and able Fox contractees appearing in A Wing and a Prayer.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Twentieth Century Fox

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Don Ameche
as Flight Cmdr. Bingo Harper
William Eythe
as Ens. Hallam 'Oscar' Scott
Dana Andrews
as Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton
Charles Bickford
as Capt. Waddell
Kevin O'Shea
as Cookie Cunningham
Richard Jaeckel
as Beezy Bessemer
Harry Morgan
as Malcolm Brainard
Richard Crane
as Ens. Gus Chisholm
Glenn Langan
as Executive Officer
Renny McEvoy
as Ens. Cliff Hale
Robert Bailey
as Paducah Holloway
Reed Hadley
as Cmdr. O'Donnell
B.S. Pully
as Flat Top
Dave Willock
as Hans Jacobson
Murray Alper
as Benny O'Neill
Charles Lang
as Ens. Chuck White
John Miles
as Ens. 'Lovebug' Markham
Joe Haworth
as Murphy
Ray Teal
as Exec. Officer
Charles Trowbridge
as Medical Officer
Larry Thompson
as Sam Cooper
Billy Lechner
as Anti-Aircraft Gunner
Jerry Shane
as Foley
Carl Knowles
as Marine Orderly
John Kellogg
as Assistant Air Officer
Raymond Roe
as Gunner
Stanley Andrews
as Marine General
Frank Ferry
as Pilot
Charles Smith
as Alfalfa
Mike Kilian
as Pilot
Eddie Acuff
as Sailor
Jay Ward
as Orderly
Frank Marlowe
as Sailor
Irving Bacon
as Sailor
Selmer Jackson
as Admiral
Pierre Watkin
as Admiral
Crane Whitley
as Admiral
Jack Mower
as Admiral
Frank McLure
as Admiral
Matt McHugh
as Sailor Assisting Projectionist
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Critic Reviews for Wing and a Prayer

All Critics (5)

It's one of those Hollywood's propaganda films. Luckily, most of them had good directors. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | August 12, 2016
Blog de cine

Feels tougher and more focused as it continues, and it editorializes much less obviously than most movies of its genre and period do about who on screen is to be admired and who is to be regarded with unresolved ambivalence.

Full Review… | January 18, 2010
Nick's Flick Picks

A manifest-protected foolhardy was more important to champion than cool consideration and calculated risk.

Full Review… | November 13, 2001
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for Wing and a Prayer

Morale boosting little gem that flies under the radar (pun intended) of most combat connoisseurs. Gotta love Don Ameche!

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


I found this movie boring, boring, and boring, but if you like war movies, maybe you'll have a higher opinion of all the flying scenes. I only rated it higher because of the good actors.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Gung ho war propoganda, better than most films of this type. The score gets a little much at times. This is an interesting piece of history. The cast is great: Don Ameche, Dana Andrews and the very young Richard jaeckel and Harry Morgan.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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